UFC middleweight fighter Demian Maia shares his thoughts on the upcoming title fight between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. After intense training with Belfort, Maia explains how dangerous he can be in the octagon. Maia truly believes that Belfort has the edge over Silva both physically and technically, but he’ll only be victorious if he is able to keep his mind focused 100% of the time during the fight.
Silva vs. Belfort is scheduled to take place on April 10th as part of the UFC 112 main event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. BJ Penn is also in the works for a lightweight title bout against Frankie Edgar as part of the co-main event.
From Demian Maia:
“This fight is a big mystery. Both trained boxing with [Luis] Dorea. I asked many people in the academy, and everybody tells me they can’t predict what’s going to happen. The consensus is that if Belfort explodes at the beginning, he has a chance for the knockout, but most people believe more in Anderson if the fight goes past the first round. That’s what I heard most people saying. I’ve never trained with Anderson, but I’ve already trained with Belfort, and I can say he is very complete and certainly one of the biggest talents ever in Brazilian MMA. His only weakness is his mind, but, lately, he hasn’t shown any psychological weakness. I think Belfort is more complete physically and technically than Anderson, but Anderson is always 100 percent psychologically. So, for sure, it’s an unpredictable fight.”