Chris Weidman defeats Demian Maia by Split Decision. The judges scored the fight 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.
Demian Maia and Chris Weidman quickly took the center of the cage to establish domiance. Neither fighter looked for a takedown. Instead, both were content with trading punches in the center of the cage. Weidman was able to take Maia several times without being damaged by Demian's stand up. Weidman got the double leg takedown but was unable to keep the dominant position. With 30 seconds left in the first round Chris Weidman pressed the action.
A lazy left hand from Demian Maia led to a trip takedown from Chris Weidman to open the second round. Weidman landed a big counter leg kick that buckled Demian Maia. Maia's face bruised up after the unanswered strikes from Chris Weidman. Demian Maia didn't attempt a takedown in the first eight minutes of the fight. Huge head kick from Chris Weidman was blocked but Demian was unable to defend against Weidman's takedowns. Chris attempted to take Demian's back but the time ran out in the round.
Chris Weidman failed on his first takedown attempt at the top of the third round before completing a takedown against the cage. Demian was able to regain his feet but was unable to take advantage of the neutral position. Maia attempted his own takedown but he was stuffed. The fight degenerated into sloppy kickboxing with two minutes left in the third round. Weiman landed several knees from the Thai clinch. With a minute left the two gassed fighters traded punches.
Chris Weidman took the fight with Demian Maia on 11 days notice. He cut 30 pounds in order to make weight. He maintained his undefeated record and is now 4-0 in the UFC. Demian Maia entered the fight 9-3 in the UFC.