Saturday’s UFC 153 event in Brazil was one of the years best that had several great fights. With only six more events (free and PPV) this year for the Ultimate fighting Championship, UFC 153 re-kindled the notion that the Welterweight is most likely the toughest division the UFC has. Despite being stagnate at the top for most of the year, the welterweight division is heating up and two fighters at UFC 153 made huge statements.
Demian Maia did not have a submission win in three years, and being the high-caliber BJJ ace he is, everyone was noticing. The Brazilian made his second appearance at welterweight at UFC 153 and rag dolled a high-caliber wrestler in Rick Story who has never been submitted in MMA. The submission gave Maia back to back finishes at welterweight, immediately made him relevant within the division and made his country ecstatic in the process. Maia had reached the top of the middleweight division and now having looked dominate at his new weight, he appears to be ready for a run at the welterweight’s top fighters.
John Fitch has had a rough two years, dealing with multiple surgeries and no wins out in his last two appearances. He told many reporters that he was going to give a Fight of the Night performance and nothing less, and for the people who called Fitch “boring” or a “blanket fighter” they choked on their words at UFC 153. Fitch came in the underdog to a very tough and fearless striker Erick Silva that gave Fitch a great fight. Fitch answered every sign of aggression with solid grappling and heavy ground and pound. When the third round came to fruition, Fitch gained full mount and rained down strikes that probably should have ended the fight. Fitch has proven to be a Top 3 Welterweight over and over and his unanimous decision win on Saturday proved that once more.
The Welterweights are no joke and the depth in the division drive more people move up to 185 pounds like former contender Jake Shields did. UFC 153 had just about everything you could ask for in a fight card and following the great performances from Jon Fitch and Demian Maia these two welterweights are ready for huge fights, maybe even against each other sometime down the road.