Nick Maximov

USA

Taps as biggest favorite on card
MiddleweightUFC
May 14, 2022
Maximov lost to Andre Petroski via submission (Anaconda Choke) at 1:16 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 36 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's the first loss of Maximov's professional career and it came in a fight in which he entered as a -380 favorite -- the largest on the entire card. Known as a fighter who relies on his wrestling game for success, Maximov pushed forward for a single-leg takedown and left his neck exposed in the process. Petroski clamped on the choke and Maximov went to sleep as opposed to tapping out. Nick won't turn 25 years of age until December, so there's theoretically upside here, but his offensive arsenal has appeared quite limited through the course of three UFC bouts despite the fact he has a 2-1 record with the company.
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Set for fight in May
MiddleweightUFC
February 21, 2022
Maximov will take on Andre Petroski in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night on May 14, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Maximov has started his in MMA career with an 8-0-0 record, which includes a 2-0 start at the UFC level. The 24-year-old used his superior wrestling skills to take down Puna Soriano 11 times in his last match on Feb. 5, securing the victory. Maximov's opponent Andre Petroski has also began his UFC career 2-0, winning his last fight in October over Hu Yaozang via submission (arm-triangle choke).
Uses wrestling to secure victory
MiddleweightUFC
February 5, 2022
Maximov defeated Puna Soriano via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
The 30-27 scorecard submitted by (shockingly) Doug Crosby was quite terrible, but most people would likely tell you Maximov deserved to win this fight. That said, there wasn't a whole heck of a lot separating him and Soriano. As was the case in his UFC debut against Cody Brundage last September, Maximov leaned on his wrestling to secure the win. He was credited with a whopping 11 takedowns on 16 attempts, good for 8:45 worth of control time. The fact he didn't runaway with the decision tells you that Maximov did relatively little with his positional advantage, but it was ultimately just enough to emerge victorious. Maximov's next challenge will be how to win a fight when those takedowns aren't landing. It wasn't an issue in this one, but it will be at some point in the not-too-distant future.
Set for February bout
MiddleweightUFC
November 13, 2021
Maximov will fight Puna Soriano in a middleweight bout on Feb. 5, according to Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com.
ANALYSIS
Maximov has yet to lose a fight and looked impressive in his UFC debut in September this year, defeating Cody Brundage by decision. The Nate Diaz protégé is only 23 but is loaded with power, as he has won five of his seven fights by stoppage.
Uses wrestling to win UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
September 25, 2021
Maximov defeated Cody Brundage via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 266 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
In a bout between two guys making their UFC debuts, Maximov's wrestling ultimately proved to be the difference. Recognizing the significant edge he had in the grappling game, Maximov attempted a whopping 15 takedown attempts. Four of them connected, leading to 9:21 worth of control time. Maximov didn't generate a ton of offense considering the positional advantage the takedowns resulted in, but he responded with a strong final ten minutes after likely dropping Round 1. Maximov was the youngest fighter on the card at age 23, and he has significant long-term upside, although it may be a few years before he achieves it.
New opponent in Brundage
MiddleweightUFC
September 22, 2021
Maximov will now fight Cody Brundage at UFC 266 on Saturday, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
With Karl Roberson out due to medical issues, Maximov will take on UFC newcomer Cody Brundage in a middleweight bout at UFC 266. Both Maximov and Brundage have finished five of their six wins in their professional careers, and Maximov will be the favorite on Saturday with Brundage having less than 24 hours to make weight.