|Born||Demian Maia Baptista
November 6, 1977
São Paulo, Brazil
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Division||Welterweight (170 lb)
Middleweight (185 lb)
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Team||Wand Fight Team
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu4th degree black belt in|
|Years active||2001, 2005 – present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Demian Maia Baptista (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈdemiɐ̃ ˈmajɐ] born November 6, 1977) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. He currently fights as a welterweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of February 2013, Maia is ranked as the #5 welterweight fighter in the world by Sherdog.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Maia trained in Judo as a child. He began at the age of four and trained until he was six. When he became a teenager, he also began studying Kung Fu and Karate. By age nineteen, Maia was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by his cousin. After four years and seven months, Demian received his black belt under Fabio Gurgel. Demian Maia finished college and graduated with a degree in Journalism. He is currently a fourth degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has won several major tournaments under Team Brasa.
He won the 77–87 kg weight division at the 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, defeating Yushin Okami, Rafael Lovato, and Tarsis Humphres before armbarring Flavio Almeida in the finals. He also won the 2007 Super Challenge under 83 kg belt, defeating Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira by rear naked choke and Gustavo Machado by a judges decision before going on to defeat Fabio Negao by guillotine choke in the finals. On the heels of his ADCC Championship in 2007, Maia released an instructional DVD series titled The Science of Jiu Jitsu I & II in collaboration with the World Martial Arts company.
Maia's grappling prowess is so highly regarded among MMA fighters that noted heavyweight submission artist and fellow BJJ black belt Frank Mir hired him as his head jiu-jitsu coach prior to his UFC 100 title fight with Brock Lesnar. Mir credits Maia with bringing Mir's jiu-jitsu skills to different levels, saying "I thought I was actually good at it until I started rolling with him."
Mixed martial arts career
On September 21, 2001, fought against Raul Sosa at Tormenta en el Ring in Caracas, Venezuela. Maia defeated Sosa by TKO in just 48 seconds to win his MMA debut. After a four year layoff, he returned to submit Lukasz Chewlicki by armbar at The Cage Vol. 4 – Redemption. Maia next competed at Super Challenge 1, earning three victories in one night to be crowned the 2007 Super Challenge Champion in the under-83 kg division. In 2007, he competed in GFC – Evolution against Ryan Stout. Early in the first round, Stout's shoulder popped out of its socket after Maia reversing him into a mount, causing a stoppage due to injury.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
It was reported on August 7, 2007, that Maia had signed a contract with the UFC. He was originally matched against veteran Marvin Eastman, but Eastman pulled out due to eye surgery. Ryan Jensen, who trained with Team Quest, was named as his replacement. The preliminary bout took place on October 20 at UFC 77 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Maia won by rear naked choke in the first round and was awarded the Submission of the Night award, which paid him an extra $40,000.
Maia next fought TUF 3 finalist Ed Herman, another Team Quest fighter, at UFC 83 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on April 19, 2008. Maia defeated Herman by technical submission due to a mounted triangle choke at 2:27 of the second round. He again earned Submission of the Night honors for the victory, which paid him $75,000.
Maia's third fight was at UFC 87 where he took on fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jason MacDonald. Both fighters entered the cage having won back-to-back Submission of the Night honors in the UFC. Maia went on to defeat MacDonald by rear naked choke at 2:44 of the third round, earning $60,000 for another Submission of the Night bonus. With this award he became the first UFC fighter to earn three consecutive Submissions of the Night awards. His four consecutive dominating submissions in the UFC have quickly brought his skills to the forefront as possibly being the best pure grappler in the UFC.
Instead, Maia would take on WEC standout and future UFC middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen in London, England at UFC 95 on February 21, 2009. During the match, Maia tossed Sonnen over his head using a lateral drop takedown, taking Sonnen to the ground, where Maia immediately achieved mount. Maia then transitioned to a triangle choke, forcing Sonnen to tap at 2:24 of the first round. The bout earned Maia his fourth Submission of the Night award in five UFC fights.
Maia's next opponent was former title contender Nate Marquardt at UFC 102 on August 29. During an exchange of strikes, Maia was knocked out by a straight right hand from Marquardt 21 seconds into the fight, resulting in his first career loss.
Middleweight Championship fight
After Vitor Belfort had to pull out of his upcoming match with UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva at UFC 112 due to a shoulder injury suffered in training, Maia was selected to fill the spot and take Silva on for the belt in what would be the UFC's first ever open air event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
In the first two rounds, Silva appeared to mock his opponent, while also executing quick, precise striking. In the third round, however, Silva's tempo seemed to change and looked to Maia to be the aggressor of the fight while he largely circled and taunted his opponent. In the fifth round, Silva's lack of action prompted referee Dan Miragliotta to warn Silva for his conduct and the crowd began to side with Maia. After 5 rounds, Silva was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Silva was criticised for his performance, with Dana White saying that it was the most embarrassed he has ever been since becoming UFC president. Midway through the fourth round, White walked away and gave the championship belt to Silva's manager, Ed Soares, as he was so annoyed that he did not want to place the belt around Silva's waist personally. It was also claimed that Silva verbally insulted Maia during the fight.
After the Title Fight
Maia was then expected to fight Alan Belcher on September 15, 2010, at UFC Fight Night 22. However, on August 1, 2010, Belcher withdrew from the fight after undergoing emergency eye surgery for a detached retina. Belcher stated on his Twitter account that he started to lose the vision in his right eye while in Brazil. As a result, Maia was also pulled from the event and faced Mario Miranda on August 28, 2010, at UFC 118. Maia defeated Mario Miranda via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Maia was expected to face Michael Bisping on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. However, Bisping replaced an injured Mark Muñoz on the same card against Chael Sonnen, while Maia faced undefeated Chris Weidman at the event. Weidman defeated Maia via unanimous decision. The fight was initially announced as a split decision but the judges actually scored it as a unanimous decision, clarified by UFC President Dana White in a tweet.
Drop to welterweight
After deciding to drop to the 170 pound division, Maia faced Dong Hyun Kim in a welterweight bout on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. The bout was stopped in forty-seven seconds by referee Mario Yamasaki, after Maia took Kim down and finished him with strikes from the mounted position. UFC commentator Joe Rogan said that Kim had broken a rib, but it was later revealed that he suffered a major muscle spasm.
Maia next faced Jon Fitch on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. He dominated the former title challenger for all three rounds, earning a lopsided unanimous decision victory with all three judges scored the fight 30-27.
Maia's mother is of Russian ancestry. He has a wife named Renada, who works for a Brazilian magazine. Maia listed UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie as his inspiration to begin an MMA career, but lists Royce's brother Rickson Gracie as his primary hero. Maia speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Championships and achievements
- ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
- ADCC 2007 77–87 kg: 1st place
- ADCC 2005 77–87 kg: 2nd place
- CBJJ World Championships
- 2001 Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 2nd Place
- 2000 Purple Belt Medio-Pesado: 1st Place
- 1999 Blue Belt Medio: 2nd Place
- CBJJ Brazilian Championships
- 2006 Black Belt Absolute: 2nd Place & Black Belt Medium Heavy: =3rd Place
- 2002 Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 3rd Place
- 2001 Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 1st Place & Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: =3rd Place
- CBJJ Brazilian Team Championships
- 2003 Brown/Black Pesada: Master, 1st Place
- 2002 Brown/Black Pesada: Alliance, 2nd Place
- 2001 Brown/Black Pesada: Alliance, 1st Place
- 2000 Purple Belt Pesada: Alliance, 1st Place
- CBJJO Copa Del Mundo
- 2005 −85 kg Black Belt: 1st Place
- 2003 Black Belt Meio Pesado: 3rd Place & Black Belt Absolute: 1st Place
- 2002 Black Belt Meio Pesado: 1st Place & Black Belt Absolute: 2nd Place
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Submission of the Night (Four times)
- Super Challenge
- Super Challenge Tournament 182.6 lbs/83 kg (Winner)
- FIGHT! Magazine
- Newcomer of the Year (2008) 
- ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
- 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion
- 2005 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Runner-Up
- Super Challenge
- 2007 Super Challenge under-83 kg Champion
- Pan American Championships
- 2006 Pan American Champion
- World Cup
- 3x World Cup champion
- CBJJ World Championships
- 2x World Champion
- CBJJ Brazilian Championships
- Brazilian champion
- 7x State champion
- CBJJ Brazilian Team Championships
- 4x Brazilian team champion
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||18 wins||4 losses|
|Josh Koscheck||UFC 163||August 3, 2013||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||18–4||Jon Fitch||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 156||February 2, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17–4||Rick Story||Submission (neck crank)||UFC 153||October 13, 2012||1||2:30||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||16–4||Dong Hyun Kim||TKO (injury)||UFC 148||July 7, 2012||1||0:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Welterweight debut|
|Loss||15–4||Chris Weidman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis||January 28, 2012||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||15–3||Jorge Santiago||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 136||October 8, 2011||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||14–3||Mark Muñoz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 131||June 11, 2011||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||14–2||Kendall Grove||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale||December 4, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–2||Mario Miranda||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 118||August 28, 2010||3||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||12–2||Anderson Silva||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 112||April 10, 2010||5||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||For the UFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||12–1||Dan Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 109||February 6, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Loss||11–1||Nate Marquardt||KO (punch)||UFC 102||August 29, 2009||1||0:21||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||11–0||Chael Sonnen||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 95||February 21, 2009||1||2:37||London, England||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||10–0||Nate Quarry||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 91||November 15, 2008||1||2:13||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–0||Jason MacDonald||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 87||August 9, 2008||3||2:44||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||8–0||Ed Herman||Technical Submission (mounted triangle choke)||UFC 83||April 19, 2008||2||2:27||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||7–0||Ryan Jensen||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 77||October 20, 2007||1||2:40||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||6–0||Ryan Stout||TKO (shoulder injury)||GFC: Evolution||May 19, 2007||1||1:54||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||5–0||Fabio Nascimento||Submission (guillotine choke)||Super Challenge 1||October 7, 2006||1||0:35||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Won Super Challenge Tournament (83 kg section).|
|Win||4–0||Gustavo Machado||Decision (unanimous)||Super Challenge 1||October 7, 2006||2||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira||Submission (rear naked choke)||Super Challenge 1||October 7, 2006||1||3:30||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Łukasz Chlewicki||Submission (armbar)||The Cage Vol. 4 - Redemption||December 3, 2005||1||4:22||Helsinki, Finland|
|Win||1–0||Raul Sosa||TKO (punches)||Tormenta en el Ring||September 21, 2001||1||0:48||Caracas, Venezuela|
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