Demian Maia

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Video: Demian Maia wins decision over Benson Henderson in grappling match, calls out Diaz brothers

Demian Maia got the the better of a former UFC champion on Saturday and then called for a match with two of the promotion’s most notorious stars. The two-time UFC title challenger won a unanimous decision over Bellator fighter Benson Henderson in a grappling bout at Polaris 20 in Newport, Wales, on Saturday. Maia and Henderson’s contest took place over a single 20-minute round and Maia controlled the majority of the action to win on points.
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Demian Maia hopes for one more fight in UFC: ‘I’m not officially retired’

Demian Maia has been flirting with retirement for a few years now, but targets one final dance. A former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title challenger in two different divisions (Middleweight and Welterweight), Maia has etched his name into the mixed martial arts (MMA) history books as arguably the greatest Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner of all time.

Demian Maia Wants 1 More Fight, Backs Charles Oliveira To Be “Toughest Test For Khabib”

Demian Maia is hoping to have one more outing in the cage but only under the UFC. Maia believes that Charles Oliveira would be the toughest challenge for Khabib Nurmagomedov. UFC veteran Demian Maia has been enjoying life outside of competition, at least in mixed martial arts. Recently, Maia made a return back to his roots in Brazilian jiu-jitsu to take on Alex Oliveira at BJJ Stars 8. Although Maia came out on top, the speculation over his future loomed bigger than ever.

Demian Maia Submits Alex Oliveira At BJJ Stars 8

Longtime veteran Demian Maia has been competing in the UFC for more than a decade with his first bout coming in 2007. Maia has become well-known for his submission talents as the BJJ expert took on other athletes in the promotion. Another fighter from the same country as Maia, who also participates in the UFC is Alex Oliveira.
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Video: Demian Maia submits Alex Oliveira in return to grappling

Demian Maia finished his opponents in 50 percent of his MMA victories using his jiu-jitsu skills, and was dominant in his return to the mats Saturday night in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Facing fellow UFC veteran Alex Oliveira in a 10-minute match at BJJ Stars 8, Maia used the same technique...

(Video) Demian Maia Shows His Best Submission From The Back

It is universally agreed upon that Demian Maia is one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners of all time. With his time in the UFC over, the BJJ ace has turned his sights back to what he knows best, grappling competitions. Maia is going to compete at BJJ Stars 8...
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Demian Maia set to grapple UFC welterweight Alex Oliveira in Brazil

Demian Maia is back, but not for an MMA fight. BJJ Stars announced on Tuesday that the two-time UFC title challenger will make his return to the mats in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 30. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans told MMA Fighting that the opponent is going to be UFC welterweight Alex Oliveira.

Demian Maia reacts after learning that UFC light heavyweight Paul Craig named his daughter after him

Demian Maia has reacted after learning that Paul Craig named his daughter after him. The ‘Bearjew’ continued his ascent up the light-heavyweight rankings at UFC London. Dealing with some early adversity against Nikita Krylov, Craig survived and submitted him near the end of the first round. The victory earned him a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus for his efforts, and also continued his unbeaten streak to six.

Midnight Mania! Demian Maia reveals wild story behind being stabbed in bar brawl, ‘I hope I didn’t kill this guy’

Demian Maia does not fit the stereotype of a fighter one would expect to be in street fights or bar brawls. The 44-year-old jiu-jitsu specialist spent more than a decade on the UFC roster without any controversies or serious bad blood; he’s better known for his calm demeanor and preference for submitting foes rather than doing permanent damage.

Demian Maia details scuffle with Middle Eastern gang in Sweden

Demian Maia has opened up on a past bar brawl that resulted in him being stabbed. A couple of years ago, Maia was in a bar in Sweden when he was attacked and stabbed and suffered a serious injury. The Brazilian says he got into a scuffle with an alleged Middle Eastern gang member that resulted in him being stabbed.

Demian Maia: Khabib Nurmagomedov Is The Best Of All Time

Demian Maia believes that Khabib Nurmagomedov can be considered the best MMA fighter of all time. Nurmagomedov’s legacy is sealed. He dominated the UFC Lightweight division and retired with a perfect pro MMA record of 29-0. He also retired as the UFC Lightweight Champion. During a chat with Mike Swick...

Demian Maia says “it’s absurd for you to put a person who was born a man to fight a woman”

Former UFC welterweight title challenger Demian Maia says “it’s absurd for you to put a person who was born a man to fight a woman.”. Alana McLaughlin won her fight for Combate Global last weekend, which ignited a whole slew of controversy in the MMA space because she is a transgender fighter who was born a man. The MMA community dealt with this issue once in the past with Fallon Fox, but now that McLaughlin is competing as well, there are more fighters who say they don’t agree with it, including former UFC champion Michael Bisping, who had some choice words to say.

Catching Up with Demian Maia

Sign up for ESPN+ right here, and you can then stream the UFC, PFL, Dana White’s Contender Series and “The Ultimate Fighter” live on your smart TV, computer, phone, tablet or streaming device via the ESPN app. After 33 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (22 wins, 11 losses) and...

UFC parts ways with Demian Maia, Jimmie Rivera

The UFC parted ways with Demian Maia and Jimmie Rivera after both fighters recently completed their contracts with the promotion, an official confirmed to MMA Junkie's John Morgan on Monday. Maia, 43, is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Belal Muhammad at UFC 263 in June. He dropped to...