Demian Maia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Demian Maia
Demian Maia.jpg
Maia at the weigh-ins for UFC 131
BornDemian Augusto Maia Baptista
(1977-11-06) November 6, 1977 (age 41)
São Paulo, Brazil
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionMiddleweight (2005–2011)
Welterweight (2012–present)
Reach72 in (180 cm)[1]
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing
TeamDemian Maia Jiu-Jitsu
Rank4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2] under Fábio Gurgel[3]
Years active2001, 2005–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission12
By decision10
By knockout1
By decision8
UniversityCásper Líbero
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Demian Augusto 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. Maia is regarded as one of the greatest grapplers in MMA history.[4] As of July 26, 2018, he is #7 in the official UFC welterweight rankings.[5]


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.[6] Demian Maia finished college and graduated with a degree in Journalism.[7] 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."[8]

Maia has also defeated top-ranked UFC middleweight and multiple-time Mundial champion Ronaldo "Jacaré" Souza,[9] as well as former UFC heavyweight title challenger and Mundial champion Gabriel Gonzaga twice in grappling competition.[10][11]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[12]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

It was reported on August 7, 2007, that Maia had signed a contract with the UFC.[13] He was originally matched against veteran Marvin Eastman, but Eastman pulled out due to eye surgery.[14] 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.[15]

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,[16] earning $60,000 for another Submission of the Night bonus.[17] With this award he became the first UFC fighter to earn three consecutive Submissions of the Night awards.[18] 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.[19]

Maia defeated heavy handed striker Nate Quarry at UFC 91 by rear naked choke in the first round.[20] After the fight, Maia expressed interest in fighting Michael Bisping next.

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.[21] 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. 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.

Maia faced Dan Miller on February 6, 2010, at UFC 109. Maia won the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

Middleweight Championship fight[edit]

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.[23]

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.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26] It was also claimed that Silva verbally insulted Maia during the fight.[27]

After the Title Fight[edit]

Maia was then expected to fight Alan Belcher on September 15, 2010, at UFC Fight Night 22.[28] 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.[29] As a result, Maia was also pulled from the event[30] and faced Mario Miranda on August 28, 2010, at UFC 118.[31] Maia defeated Mario Miranda via unanimous decision.

Maia faced Kendall Grove on December 4, 2010, at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.[32] where he won by unanimous decision.

Maia faced Mark Muñoz on June 11, 2011, at UFC 131,[33] where he lost a close contest by unanimous decision.

Maia defeated Jorge Santiago on October 8, 2011, at UFC 136 by unanimous decision.[34]

Maia was expected to face Michael Bisping on January 28, 2012, at UFC on Fox 2.[35] 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.[36] 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.[37]

Drop to welterweight[edit]

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.[38] 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.[39] UFC commentator Joe Rogan said that Kim had broken a rib, but it was later revealed that he suffered a major muscle spasm.[40]

Maia fought Rick Story on October 13, 2012, at UFC 153.[41] Maia defeated Story via first round submission due to a neck crank.

Maia next faced Jon Fitch on February 2, 2013, at UFC 156.[42] He dominated the former title challenger for all three rounds, earning a lopsided unanimous decision victory with all three judges scoring the fight 30–27. Maia credited B.J. Penn and his gameplan against Fitch at UFC 127, which Maia admitted he emulated to earn his victory.[43]

Maia was expected to face Josh Koscheck on August 3, 2013, at UFC 163.[44] However, Koscheck was forced out of the bout with an injury and as a result, Maia was pulled from the card as well.[45]

For his fourth fight at welterweight, Maia faced Jake Shields on October 9, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 29.[46] As expected, the contest between the two decorated jiu-jitsu practitioners took place mostly on the ground with Maia losing a controversial split decision.

Maia faced Rory MacDonald at UFC 170 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 22, 2014.[47] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Despite the loss, the bout won Maia his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[48]

Maia was expected to face Mike Pierce on May 31, 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale.[49] However Pierce had to pull out of the fight due to a broken hand.[50] Pierce was replaced by UFC newcomer Alexander Yakovlev.[51] Maia won the fight via unanimous decision.

Maia was expected to face Mike Pyle on August 23, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 49.[52] However he later came down with a staph infection and was forced to pull out of the bout.[53] It was later revealed that Maia's infection had spread to the bone leading to osteomyelitis in his right clavicle.[54]

Maia faced Ryan LaFlare on March 21, 2015, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 62.[55] Maia won the fight by unanimous decision.[56]

Maia faced Neil Magny on August 1, 2015, at UFC 190. He won the fight via submission with a rear-naked choke in the second round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[57][58]

Maia was briefly linked to a fight with Gunnar Nelson on October 24, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 76, but the bout did not materialize for that event as Maia was sidelined with a staph infection on his left leg.[59] The bout eventually took place on December 12, 2015, at UFC 194.[60] Maia won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision (30–26, 30–25, and 30–25).[61]

Maia faced off against Matt Brown on May 14, 2016, at UFC 198.[62] He won the fight via submission in the third round.[63]

Maia next faced Carlos Condit on August 27, 2016, in the main event at UFC on Fox 21. He dominated the fight after quickly getting Condit to the ground and finishing with a rear-naked choke.[64]

Maia faced Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017. Maia was able to takedown Masvidal repeatedly and control him on the ground. He won the fight via split decision.[65]

Welterweight Title Fight and beyond[edit]

After amassing a seven-fight win streak at welterweight, Maia faced Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on July 29, 2017, in the co-main event at UFC 214.[66] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[67]

Maia faced Colby Covington on October 28, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 119.[68] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[69]

Fighting style[edit]

Maia's fighting style is built around his exceptional abilities on the ground, where he has been able to dominate his opponents. He, together with Ronaldo Souza has been called the best ground-fighter in the UFC on multiple occasions. Maia uses double and single leg takedowns as well as trips to advance to a dominant position and soften his opponent up with ground and pound, waiting for an opening for a submission. On the ground, Maia prefers to take the back mount, where he will look for a rear naked choke. In bottom position, Maia uses single legs to sweep almost exclusively, and was able to sweep Gunnar Nelson repeatedly with his single leg. Maia is also confident enough in his striking to close the distance and get in on takedowns.

Personal life[edit]

Maia's mother is of Russian ancestry.[70] He has a wife named Renata, who works for a Brazilian magazine.[71] 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.[72] Maia speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu lineage[edit]

Mitsuyo "Count Koma" MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Helio GracieRolls GracieRomero "Jacare" CavalcantiFabio Gurgel → Demian Maia

Championships and achievements[edit]

Grappling credentials[edit]

  • ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
  • Pan American Championships
  • 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 Meio-Pesado: 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 (World Cup)
    • 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[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 25–9 Kamaru Usman Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman May 19, 2018 5 5:00 Santiago, Chile
Loss 25–8 Colby Covington Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida October 28, 2017 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 25–7 Tyron Woodley Decision (unanimous) UFC 214 July 29, 2017 5 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States For the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 25–6 Jorge Masvidal Decision (split) UFC 211 May 13, 2017 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 24–6 Carlos Condit Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit August 27, 2016 1 1:52 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Performance of the Night.
Win 23–6 Matt Brown Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 198 May 14, 2016 3 4:31 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 22–6 Gunnar Nelson Decision (unanimous) UFC 194 December 12, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21–6 Neil Magny Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 190 August 1, 2015 2 2:52 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Win 20–6 Ryan LaFlare Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare March 21, 2015 5 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 19–6 Alexander Yakovlev Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado May 31, 2014 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 18–6 Rory MacDonald Decision (unanimous) UFC 170 February 22, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 18–5 Jake Shields Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields October 9, 2013 5 5:00 Barueri, 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 (muscle spasm) 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: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck 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, United States
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 the Super Challenge (83 kg) Tournament.
Win 4–0 Gustavo Machado Decision (unanimous) Super Challenge 1 October 7, 2006 2 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 3–0 Vitelmo 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Miocic vs. Maldonado". Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Andrew Mahlmann (February 17, 2011). "BJ Penn, George Sotiropoulos and the Top 15 BJJ Fighters Competing in the UFC (page 17)".
  3. ^ "Demian Maia - BJJ Heroes: the jiu jitsu encyclopedia". BJJ Heroes.
  4. ^ Garcia, Raphael (19 October 2016). "Maia, Dern & the reemergence of dominating grappling". Bloody Elbow.
  5. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  6. ^ "Biography – Demian Maia Jiu Jitsu". Archived from the original on 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  7. ^ "Demian Maia UFC Bio". Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  8. ^ "Frank Mir Thought He Was Good At Jiu-Jitsu Until He Rolled With Demian Maia". Retrieved 2009-04-16.
  9. ^ Jack Slack (October 1, 2013). "Demian Maia and the Beauty of Jiu-Jitsu". Bleacher Report.
  10. ^ "Demian Maia vs Gabriel Gonzaga". YouTube. Retrieved 2007-04-30.
  11. ^ "Demian Maia vs Gabriel Gonzaga". YouTube.
  12. ^ Scott White (2007-05-19). "GFC: Evolution Live Blog". MMA on Tap. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  13. ^ Stupp, Dann (2007-08-07). "Report: UFC Signs Middleweight ADCC Champ Demian Maia". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2011-06-11.
  14. ^ Stupp, Dann (2007-09-18). "Eye Surgery Forces Marvin Eastman out of UFC 77". Archived from the original on 2009-08-02. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  15. ^ Stupp, Dann (2008-04-20). "Goulet, Hironaka, MacDonald and Maia earn UFC 83 bonuses". Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  16. ^ "UFC 87 'Seek and Destroy' Play by Play". 2008-08-09. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  17. ^ "UFC 87 bonuses: St. Pierre, Fitch, Maia and Emerson earn $60,000 each (". Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  18. ^ "91 Preview Articles: Florian/Stevenson, Maia/Quarry, Gonzaga/Hendricks". 2008-11-13. Archived from the original on 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  19. ^ "Demian Maia – Best Pure Grappler in the UFC?". November 16, 2008. Archived from the original (Blg post) on 2008-12-19.
  20. ^ "Florian Destroys Stevenson, Secures Title Shot; Hazelett Subs McCrory at UFC 91". Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  21. ^ "UFC 95 Play-by-Play". Retrieved 2011-06-11.
  22. ^ "Middleweights Demian Maia and Dan Miller targeted for UFC 109 contest in February". 2009-10-16. Archived from the original on 2009-10-19.
  23. ^ AOL. "Sports News & latest headlines from AOL".
  24. ^ Morgan, John (2010-04-10). "UFC 112 recap: Anderson Silva keeps belt, loses fans; Frankie Edgar scores massive upset". Archived from the original on 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  25. ^ "UFC President Dana White Embarrassed by..." Archived from the original on 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  26. ^ Morgan, John (2010-04-11). "Dana White "embarassed" [sic] with UFC 112 main event, promises to "make it up" to fans". Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  27. ^ "Anderson facing backlash from Brazilian fans for Maia slurs (updated)". Fighters Only Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  28. ^ "Alan Belcher vs. Demian Maia Targeted for UFN 22". mmafighting.cofuckers.
  29. ^ "Alan Belcher out of UFC Fight Night 22 main event with detached retina". August 1, 2010.
  30. ^ "Demian Maia Off UFN 22; Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares New Main Event". 2010-08-03.
  31. ^ "Demian Maia vs. Mario Miranda on tap for UFC 118 in August". August 3, 2010.
  32. ^ "DEMIAN MAIA VS. KENDALL GROVE AT TUF 12 FINALE". September 8, 2010.
  33. ^ "UFC 131: Mark Munoz vs Demian Maia in the works for June 11 in Vancouver". March 12, 2011.
  34. ^ "Demian Maia meets Jorge Santiago at UFC 136". July 15, 2011.
  35. ^ "Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia added to UFC on FOX 2". December 7, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-01-07.
  36. ^ Knapp, Brian (2012-01-28). "Evans Clinches Title Shot, Routs Davis at UFC on Fox 2". Retrieved 2012-01-28.
  37. ^ White, Dana (28 January 2012). "The score on the Maia vs Weidman fight was wrong. It wasn't a split dec, Weidman won all 3 rounds".
  38. ^ "UFC 148 adds welterweights Maia vs. Kim". 2012-03-21. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22.
  39. ^ "UFC 148 RESULTS: LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY & UPDATES". 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  40. ^ Burke, Tim (2012-07-09). "UFC 148: Dong Hyun Kim Suffered Muscle Spasm, Not Broken Rib". Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  41. ^ "Rick Story says he's fighting Demian Maia at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro". July 31, 2012.
  42. ^ "Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia added to February's UFC 156 event". Archived from the original on November 18, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  43. ^ "UFC 156 Post Fight Interview: Demian Maia Credits BJ Penn For Strategy To Beat Fitch".
  44. ^ Ariel Helwani (2013-04-30). "Demian Maia vs. Josh Koscheck targeted for UFC 163 in August". Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  45. ^ Staff (2013-07-12). "Josh Koscheck injured, out of UFC 163 fight with Demian Maia in Rio". Retrieved 2013-07-12.
  46. ^ Guilherme Cruz (August 12, 2013). "Jake Shields, Demian Maia have agreed to fight at UFC Fight Night 29".
  47. ^ Keith Grienke (2013-12-06). "Rory MacDonald Faces Demian Maia At UFC 170". Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  48. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2014-02-23). "UFC 170 bonuses: Rousey, Maia, MacDonald and Thompson each take home $50,000". Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  49. ^ Thomas Myers (2014-03-26). "Ultimate Fighter (TUF): 'Brazil 3' Finale fight card to feature Demian Maia vs Mike Pierce". Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  50. ^ "Broken hand forces Mike Pierce out of May fight with Demian Maia, who awaits new foe". April 7, 2014.
  51. ^ Staff (April 7, 2014). "Replacement Alexander Yakovlev meets Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 42".
  52. ^ Staff (2014-07-02). "UFC Fight Night 49 adds Demian Maia vs. Mike Pyle". Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  53. ^ Tristen Critchfield (August 6, 2014). "Maia Injured, Mike Pyle Now Faces Jordan Mein in UFC Fight Night Tulsa Co-Headliner". Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  54. ^ Chuck Mindenhall (August 27, 2014). "Demian Maia sidelined with bone infection in shoulder, will be reassessed in five to six weeks". Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  55. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-01-22). "Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare verbally agreed for UFC Fight Night 62 in Brazil". Retrieved 2015-01-22.
  56. ^ Thomas Myers (2015-03-22). "UFC Fight Night 62 results: Demian Maia grinds, smothers Ryan LaFlare for 25 torturous minutes". Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  57. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-08-01). "UFC 190 results: Demian Maia's jiu-jitsu snaps Neil Magny's seven-fight streak". Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  58. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-08-02). "UFC 190 Bonuses: Rousey, 'Shogun,' 'Minotoro,' Maia earn $50K awards". Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  59. ^ Chuck Mindenhall (2015-08-13). "Demian Maia suffers nasty staph infection on his leg, prevents him from fighting Gunnar Nelson".
  60. ^ Staff (2015-09-04). "Yet another UFC 194 biggie: Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson". Retrieved 2015-09-04.
  61. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-12-12). "UFC 194 results: Demian Maia dominates Gunnar Nelson, calls for 170 title shot". Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  62. ^ Staff (2016-01-25). "Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia scrap added to May's UFC 198 in Brazil". Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  63. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-05-14). "UFC 198 results: Demian Maia grinds down, taps out Matt Brown late in fight". Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  64. ^ Brian Knapp (2016-08-27). "Quick Demian Maia rear-naked choke stuns Carlos Condit in UFC on Fox 21 headliner". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  65. ^ "UFC 211 results: Demian Maia takes split from Jorge Masvidal, earns title shot with Tyron Woodley". MMAjunkie. 2017-05-14. Retrieved 2017-05-14.
  66. ^ Mike Bohn (2017-06-28). "Tyron Woodley to defend title vs. Demian Maia at UFC 214". Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  67. ^ "UFC 214 results: Tyron Woodley stymies Demian Maia to retain welterweight title". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  68. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2017-08-22). "Demian Maia vs. Colby Covington added to UFC Fight Night 119". Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  69. ^ "UFC Sao Paulo results: Colby Covington prevails against bloodied, exhausted Demian Maia". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  70. ^ Сергей Наумов (9 July 2012). "Русские корни Дэмиана Майи" – via YouTube.
  71. ^ "Maia remains a well-known mystery". 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
  72. ^ "Demian Maia". Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  73. ^ "2008 FIGHT! Awards". FIGHT! Magazine. 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  74. ^ Staff (2014-03-05). "MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for February 2014".
  75. ^ Acosta, Danny (Dec 26, 2015). "'s 2015 Comeback Fighter of the Year". Retrieved Dec 26, 2015.

External links[edit]