Demian Maia’s very first shot at a UFC title did not go efficiently. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert lost a large decision to then-middleweight champ Anderson Silva at UFC 112.
The battle with Silva was criticized greatly by fans, though through no fault of Maia. Silva danced and teased more than he combated, however still took the fight by scores of 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46.
Six years later on, Maia is among the hottest fighters in the welterweight division. He scored a third-round submission of Matt Brown at UFC 198 to run his winning streak to 5 battles. He’s presently ranked No. 8 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, though that ranking will likely enhance after his victory.
The bout between Maia and Brown liquidated the preliminary card of the UFC 198 occasion at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.
Older, better and lighter, Maia thinks it’s time for him to once again battle with a UFC title on the line. He likewise said he should jump the line and move ahead of No. 3 ranked Tyron Woodley (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC).
I believe in this department, I have the longest series of triumphs, more than Woodley, Maia stated at the UFC 198 post-fight press conference. Mathematically, I believe I’m the one that is worthy of to battle for the title. I want the opportunity to battle for the title.
It may well be wishful thinking for Maia, however, because a bout in between Woodley and champ Robbie Lawler is targeted for UFC 201, according to UFC President Dana White.
Must he continue to win, however, opportunity might come knocking for the 38-year-old. And this time, possibly fans will be entrusted a much better memory of him as a title opposition.