This past Saturday’s UFC fight night from Singapore showed a lot.
Demian Maia proved that at age 41 he can still compete at a high level. On the other hand, the Ben Askren hype train has been officially derailed.
While the fight was entertaining, I think it’s safe to say that both men’s best days are behind them. Let’s see what’s next for Maia and Askren on this Matchmaker Monday following UFC Singapore.
Demian Maia, welterweight
Result: Defeated Ben Askren via third-round submission
Up next: Diego Sanchez
Maia has had a great career and his UFC journey isn’t over just yet. His win over Askren gave him the unofficial title of “best grappler in the UFC.” The win also moved him to number two on the UFC’s all time win list behind Donald Cerrone.
The Brazilian hasn’t asked for much in his great career, and following his win he asked for Sanchez. So considering he has two fights left on his contract and he plans on retiring once his contract is over, let have what he wants.
Sanchez is a UFC veteran and a fan favorite. It would no doubt be a fun match up.
Ben Askren, welterweight
Result: Lost to Demian Maia via third-round submission
Up next: Win or retire
Let’s be honest. It’s been a horrible start to Askren’s career. The former unbeaten champion in Bellator and ONE FC is just 1-2 in his UFC career.
His only win came against Robbie Lawler and it was a controversial stoppage. Following his win, Jorge Masvidal knocked him out in five seconds and now Maia choked him out.
I find him highly entertaining and I’m sure many others do too. However, I think his window for success in the UFC is just about closed. He’s considering retirement, which wouldn’t be a bad thing. If he does fight again the UFC should tell him if he doesn’t win it’s over.