Maul holds him in place via force and chokes him.
wolverine can be drowned to death and come back to life and BTW dark maul has no clue about wolverines healing factor.. wolverine is no idiot he plays dead a second or two and impales maul
op said they have no clue about one another
Which means that Wolverine will charge Maul since he's unaware of the force, which makes him a target.
EDIT: Where did OP say they have no clue about each other?