Demian Maia


Set to fight Askren
August 20, 2019
Maia will meet Ben Askren in a welterweight matchup on October 26 in Singapore, Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie reports.
Maia will look to make it two defeats in a row for Askren, who recently suffered his first career loss in devastating fashion just over a month ago. Maia is a two-time title challenger who also currently holds an impressive feat with the second-most wins in UFC history with 21. He's currently riding some momentum after garnering back-to-back wins. At 42 years old, this will be Maia's sixth UFC main event, compared to Askren's first. A five-round affair is typically more attractive from a fantasy standpoint, though given the grappling-based styles of each fighter, that may not hold true here. Don't expect to see much striking, as the two have tallied only three total significant strikes in their last four matchups COMBINED.
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Decisions Anthony Rocco Martin
June 29, 2019
Maia defeated Anthony Rocco Martin via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Minneapolis.
You can train all you want leading up to the fight, but nothing can simulate being inside the Octagon and trying to deal with the pressure of Maia. Although he landed just 3-of-9 takedown attempts, Maia built up enough equity in Rounds 1 and 2 to survive a sub-par final frame. The Brazilian is hands down one of the greatest mat specialists in the history of the sport, but he will turn 42 years old in November and he doesn't have a knockout win in nearly seven years. Maia remains an easy top-10 guy at 170 pounds, but the days of him competing against the very best welterweights in the world have seemingly come and gone. He'll continue to serve as a welterweight gatekeeper for as long as he chooses to call cage fighting his profession.
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.
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.