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.