"MMA in Brazil has changed a lot since those days. On Saturday he will face highly decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu player Gilbert Burns in the co-main event of UFC Brasilia. - Demian Maia. “Maybe I will do this fight and after Saturday I hope to do one more fight before the end of the year and end my career hopefully with wins.”. Welterweight Demian Maia's official UFC fighter profile with news, biography, skill breakdown, MMA fight record and career statistics, photos, video and weight class information.

I did my homework and was able to win three fights and became the champion. “The matchup with Gilbert is interesting because he’s a great grappler and a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter like me,” the 42-year old Maia said. “It's a big pleasure and something I wanted to do a lot, and I always tried not to worry about it because I figured it would happen sooner or later,” said Maia. “UFC has become one of the biggest overall shows in the world, and I'm not talking about fighting only, but in terms of sports and entertainment,” said Maia. “I will think if I want to do just one more fight or do more. That feeling was so good that Maia admits that moving to welterweight was a choice he perhaps should have made a long time ago. Demian Maia Could Be UFC Champ Doesn't Throw Punches Chad Dundas. El brasileño ha tenido un 2019 espectacular con tres duelos ganados. Demian Maia UFC 214: Results for Every Fight Alex Ballentine.

In the last two years or so, with the UFC investing a lot in Brazil and bringing the show here, the sport skyrocketed and it became one of the most popular and most covered sports in the country, only behind soccer.”.
For more information and updates, sign up for the UFC Newsletter here. The mainstream would pretty much ignore it or just cover any bad aspect related to it. “Super Challenge was a one night, old style tournament with eight of the toughest 185-pound fighters in Brazil, and I was the big underdog. So earlier this year he dropped 15 pounds to welterweight, and in less than a minute he made quite the entrance, stopping Dong Hyun Kim in 47 seconds at UFC 148 in July. Maia credited B.J. El Brasileño Sumó Su Victoria 22 En El Octágono: Es Uno De Los Más Ganadores En UFC. It’s an interesting matchup, with Story similar to Kim in strength, while packing even more power in his punches. Copyright © 2001-2020 UFC All Rights Reserved. Where he hasn’t been, at least in a UFC fight, has been Brazil, something that will change this weekend. That’s old school MMA right there.

The last fighter who posed a challenge to Maia was Askren at UFC Singapore in October.

Este fue el octavo bono por reconocimiento en su carrera en UFC. He fought three times, winning the Super Challenge tournament with wins over Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira, Gustavo Machado, and Fabio Nascimento. The bout was slotted as the main event and labeled as the fight that would potentially determine the best grappler in MMA. Sao Paulo’s Maia knows that his return to Brazil isn’t coming with a gift-wrapped opponent, but he wouldn’t want it any other way. There are numerous reasons to watch UFC Brasilia.

“It's tough to say, because life is complicated and things lead you to another, and in the past I fought for the belt at 185 pounds and had some good wins, so it didn't seem that it was needed so much. “I'm happy it's happening now, but I’ve got to keep focusing on the fight and realize that, in the end, it's another fight like it would be anywhere else in the world. As for now, I’m planning to finish this year and finish my career as an MMA athlete,” Maia said. I felt as strong as my opponent.”. Además, se llevó bono por la ‘Pelea de la Noche’. Charles Oliveira Is Focused | Veronica Macedo Is Her Own Biggest Critic | Renato Moicano Wants To Make A Statement.

Now that his showdown with Askren is in the rearview mirror, Maia has set his sights back on finishing his career on his terms. “This card has a lot of tough and talented fighters, and I'm fighting a very tough opponent in Rick Story. Welterweight Demian Maia will be the first to agree to that statement. For my career and for my legacy it was a very important fight and I had a lot of pressure going into that fight because of that.”.
I think maybe we were the only two guys that do that really proudly today. UFC on FOX: Maia vs. Condit Aug. 27, 2016 SUB Rear Naked Choke 1 1:52 win. “He is a very tough fighter, a guy that you can clearly see that loves to fight and compete, and is well skilled in all areas, plus he is very aggressive. Maia was expected to face Josh Koscheck on 3 August 2013, at UFC 163. However, Koscheck was forced out of the bout with an injury and as a result, Maia was pulled from the card as well. That night, on October 7, 2006, Maia didn’t just fight once. It was a moment that Maia won’t ever forget. Maia has fought the likes of Chael Sonnen, Anderson Silva, Chris Weidman, Jorge Masvidal, Carlos Condit, Colby Covington, Tyron Woodley, Ben Askren and Kamaru Usman, just  to name a few of the beasts that stood across from him during his 31-fight UFC career.

El brasileño sumó su triunfo número 22 al someter a Ben Askren en la pelea estelar de UFC Singapore. There's No Quit In Demian Maia.

“I have friends who have competed in the UFCs in Brazil and people on my team that had fighters fighting in Brazil for the UFC,” he said. No matter the result of Maia’s match with Burns and the fights that will follow, it’s been one heck of a ride with one of the game’s best. Maia credited B.J. Demian Maia made his first walk to the Octagon in 2007 at UFC 77. There are no easy fights in the UFC. Sin embargo, el brasileño cerró un Rear Naked Choke y finalizó el combate en el tercer episodio.

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