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BE's Baddest Greatest Submission Fighter Tournament: #1 Demian Maia vs. #8 Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro

Vote now in the Bloody Elbow Baddest Tournament to determine the Greatest MMA Submission Fighter of All Time. Today's match-up: #1 Demian Maia vs. #8 Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro. Vote now!

Tournament bracket graphic via
Tournament bracket graphic via
June M. Williams

In the closest match yet so far in the tournament, #7 seed Matt Hughes pulled off the upset, squeaking by #2 seed Ronda Rousey. It was a close, back and forth contest, resulting in Hughes submitting Rousey by only a dozen votes; with a final result of 56-45 . That's the biggest upset yet in our BE Baddest series - it will be interesting to see just how far this 7 seed can go.

Once again, one of the fighters from this past weekend's UFC 170 sees action in today's tournament. This time, it's #1 tournament seed Demian Maia up to bat. Maia could not apply his grappling skills to get the win over Rory MacDonald Saturday night - can he turn his fortunes around here? Standing in his way is #8 seed Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro, a journeyman fighter with great credentials but only a handful of fights in the spotlight. Can the relatively unknown Shaolin topple the #1 seed? Your votes decide.

In order to vote, simply leave a comment. In the subject line make sure you follow these guidelines:

To vote for Demian Maia write: Vote - Maia

To vote for Shaolin Ribeiro write: Vote - Ribeiro

Voting is open for 24 hours, so get your votes in now.

Updated tournament bracket (click to enlarge)

Thanks to June M. Williams for the tournament bracket graphic.

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