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Maia ups his game in hopes of title run

Originally Published: June 8, 2011
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

Working one's way back to a UFC title shot after falling short in a first attempt is a very difficult thing to do -- especially when that first attempt goes anything like Demian Maia's did at UFC 112.

In that main event, Maia dropped a unanimous decision to Anderson Silva in one of the more bizarre fights ever to occur in the UFC. It might never be fully understood why Silva acted the way he did that night, but at least one thing was clear: Maia was not in his class.

Because ...

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