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Maia quickly chokes out Condit in first

Demian Maia had tears of joy pouring out after he became the first man in more than 10 years to make Carlos Condit submit. The 38-year-old Maia knew that with the quick victory of the multi-time title contender for his sixth-straight victory that he was going to finally get another shot at UFC gold after losing a decision to the all-time great Anderson Silva way back in 2010.

It took less than a minute for Maia to get Condit to the ground, shooting in right away and grabbing hold for the single leg takedown. Condit tried to get free but Maia had his leg locked up high and tight and was able to spin him to the floor.

From there Condit made the mistake of giving up his back and as he’s proven so many times, once Maia gets on somebody’s back and locks in the body triangle, there is no getting out of it. Once Maia got behind Condit it was all over. He wrapped his arms around his chin, his legs around his stomach and squeezed until a fading Condit tapped out at the 1:52 mark in the first round.

It’s been a remarkable late-career resurgence for Maia to get back in the title picture after dropping back-to-back decisions to Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald in later 2013 and early 2014, but the way he has dominated his opponents over the past three years has made it beyond clear that he has to get a title shot.

Maia said he is willing to wait to fight the winner of the announced Tyron Woodley-Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson fight.

Condit meanwhile said that at 32-years-old with now five losses in his last seven fights going back to 2012 (granted all of them against top-tier competition in either title fights or title eliminators), he is not too sure if he is capable of fighting at the UFC level any more. With a long career of brutal fights Condit was talking about the possibility of retiring even before his loss to Maia, but explained that he will be going through the process of talking to his family and the others around him before ultimately deciding his future.

Pettis taps Oliveira in featherweight debut

Former lightweight champion Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis is a scary figure in the featherweight division. In his debut at the lower weight class Pettis dominated Oliveira with his hard strikes before locking in a deep guillotine choke to force a tap at the 1:49 mark in the third round in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 21 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Pettis’ kicks just destroyed Oliveira.

Not wanting to stand there and strike with a guy everybody knows is one of the most dangerous strikes in fighting, Oliveira wanted to get inside and take Pettis to the mat, or at least push him up against the cage like Rafael dos Anjos, Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza all did during ‘Showtimes’ three-fight losing streak.

But Pettis kept Oliveira away with some hard kicks wherever he could land them. In the first round Pettis landed a very hard kick to the right side of Oliveira’s body. Oliveira was then sent down to the mat after a series of punches, but instead of following him to the ground, Pettis waited for the tough grappler to be forced to stand back up.

The second round showed why Pettis didn’t want to go to the mat. Oliveira was able to rebound nicely in the second round because of his work on the ground and landed some hard shots while controlling Pettis’ movements.

But Pettis survived the round and caught Oliveira while he was attempting a takedown in the third round. Oliveira was going for the single-leg but Pettis wrapped his arm around the back of his next and cranked the guillotine choke as they fell. It was in deep, Oliveira fell into Pettis’ guard and ‘Showtime’ was squeezing hard, leaving Oliveira no choice but to tap out.

VanZant’s jumping head kick KOs Rawlings

To all those who criticized Paige VanZant for taking some time off from her training to gain more exposure to a national audience on Dancing With The Stars you may want to rethink those words because in just seconds into the second round she knocked out Bec Rawlings with a masterfully executed jumping head kick.

VanZant wanted to avoid boxing with Rawlings and worked to keep her distance. Rawlings was able to push VanZant up against the cage, but a quick pirouette helped her escape and get some distance again. Rawlings kept coming forward in the opening round and VanZant remained pretty quiet, but her knockout in the second was anything but quiet.

Rawlings continues the same strategy of working to get inside and VanZant did everything she could to keep the distance in that first round. With the timing of her move in, VanZant was able to connect her left foot to Rawlings’ jaw as she stepped forward early in the second round. There was no time for her to recover either, as VanZant rushed over and finished the fight with some hammer fists.

Miller edges Lauzon in another gritty clash

We’ve learned throughout their careers that Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon are at the very least going to put on one heck of a show so it was no surprise that their second meeting after a wild 2012 meeting was just as intense and action-packed.

At the end of three rounds Miller once again claimed the decision, but was easy to see why some fans saw it go the other way. The judges scored the fight 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.

Lauzon took Miller down every single round and was sitting in top control every time after. The first takedown was more because of a slip by Miller, but Lauzon still took advantage of the mishap with top position and some quality strikes to Miller. In the second round Lauzon rushed in for a well-time takedown that put a stop to the tough pressure Miller had earlier in the round. In the third round Lauzon worked for full mount at the very end but could not lock in the armbar before the clock ran out.

Miller was landing the better strikes when standing, however. He sent Lauzon back in the beginning of the third round with a hard right hand followed by come uppercuts that really hurt him. Miller rushed in with some more shots in an attempt to stop the fight, but Lauzon proved yet again that he is tough-as-nails and did not go down.

Despite his ability to get Miller to the ground, Lauzon was in danger far more often in the fight with Miller hitting harder with bigger results.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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