Demian Maia


Slated for UFC Minneapolis
May 23, 2019
Maia will take on Anthony Rocco Martin in a welterweight matchup at UFC Minneapolis on June 29.
Rumors of this fight being in the works were reported in late-April, but the matchup is now being listed as the third-to-last fight on the official UFC website. Maia bounced back from a three-fight losing streak in February with a win over Lyman Good, which will effectively earn him an opponent riding a four-fight winning streak. Martin is more than a decade younger than Maia, but the two measure up roughly equally. Maia's jiu-jitsu prowess is no secret to fight fans at this point, and with Martin owning just a 50 percent takedown defense, it could be a long (or short) night at the office if he's forced to fight off his back.
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Earns 13th submission victory in Round 1
February 2, 2019
Maia defeated Lyman Good via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ on Saturday in Brazil.
Maia's strategy worked perfectly. He backed Good up to the fence and shot for a single leg. During the scramble he took Good's back and got to the backpack position. From there it was only a matter of time until the BJJ wizard sunk in the choke and forced the tap.
Next fight in Brazil
December 2, 2018
Maia will take on Lyman Good in a welterweight matchup in the co-main event of UFC Fortaleza on Feb. 2, reports.
Maia has faced a murderer's row of late, resulting in three consecutive losses to either champions or top contenders in the welterweight division. He'll get a much more reasonable matchup this time out, facing an unranked opponent with what will be a lively home-country crowd behind him. Even after the losses, Maia is still regarded as a magician on the mat, but it's worth noting that Good has never been submitted in 25 professional fights. He also owns a takedown defense of 85 percent, but he has yet to face a grappler the caliber of Maia.
Drops third-straight decision in the main event of UFC Chile
May 19, 2018
Maia lost to Usman via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Santiago, Chile.
As Maia gets older, he seems to be facing tougher stylistic matches. For his third-straight fight, he faced off against a skilled wrestler. Usman was able to stop all of Maia's takedown attempts and never even ended up in guard. Maia's striking was not terrible, but he was not able to keep it up for five rounds. At 40 years old, Maia's time as a contender in the welterweight division appears to be coming towards the end. He has had an outstanding career in the UFC, but all good things must come to an end at some point.
Steps in to save UFC Chile main event
April 29, 2018
Maia will take on Kamaru Usman in a welterweight matchup at UFC Chile on May 19.
This fight was originally supposed to be for Santiago Ponzinibbio, who was forced to withdraw due to a hand injury suffered in training. That opened up the door for Maia, who accepted the fight against a young and dangerous prospect on just three week's notice. Usman has accumulated some impressive numbers during his seven-fight UFC run -- 4.99 takedown average, 100 percent takedown defense and a striking differential of 2.37. His experience pales in comparison to that of Maia, however. Maia has been with the promotion since 2007 and his nine submission victories are tied for the most among active fighters. He may be 40 years old, but one small slip-up on Usman's part could end the prospect's stellar UFC winning streak.
Plans to continue fighting
October 29, 2017
Maia suffered a loss to Colby Covington on Saturday, but has no plans to retire in the coming year, Damon Martin of MMA Weekly reports.
Maia has hit a bit of slide lately, having suffered tough losses to UFC Welterweight Champion Tryon Woodley and most recently Colby Covington. However, as Guilherme Cruz of pointed out, Maia has one fight left on his contract with the UFC and isn't planning on going anywhere in the coming months. Who the 40-year-old (next month) will face in his next -- and potentially last -- fight is anyone's guess but one thing is for sure: Maia isn't looking to retire just yet.