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Demian Maia targets next year as his last before retirement, plans to finish out the four fights on his contract

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#1 Jolldan


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:56 AM


Whenever an MMA debate breaks out over who is the greatest BJJ practitioner in all of the sport, you would be hard-pressed to find a time that the name Demian Maia won’t be mentioned.


Maia, who is set to take on rising contender, Kamaru Usman this Saturday in the main event of UFC Chile knows that the road is coming to an end in his illustrious career and he took some time Monday to discuss how much longer he thinks he’ll be fighting for.


"I’m okay, I’m happy, the UFC’s happy, I think everything is set up right now. For me, it’s going to be a challenge for sure but I’m thinking that…I want to fight this year, maybe next year finish these fights on my contract. You know I love to fight and I’m still performing well doing training camps but I don’t know if I’m still fighting after next year. This could be my last contract with the UFC then after that, I’m retired.


Yeah, I think so [that these last four fights will be it]. Not because I don’t like or enjoy [fighting], almost 11 years in this game, UFC and it’s a lot of commitment, a lot of pressure. And also I want to have different projects that I like to do and I want to be a little bit more with family and kids and give more time for them also.”



Maia is currently tied second place for most wins and submissions in UFC history. He will need just two wins to take the top spot in wins but would need to win the remaining four of his fights by submission just to tie Royce Gracie's record.


Will be sad to see Maia go as he is one of the few real specialists left in MMA.


What other match-ups would you like to see Maia take before he hangs up his gloves?

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 01:35 AM

His spell of backpacking people and not finishing fights made me not even care anymore.  Royce's record is safe

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 01:55 AM

His spell of backpacking people and not finishing fights made me not even care anymore.  Royce's record is safe



At 40 I think he's just slowing down and needing to change his tactics a bit. Agree with you can't see him tying Royce's record but most wins is very achievable for him.



Will always love that incredible triangle he pulled off on Sonnen, one of the most effortless looking submissions I can remember.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:52 AM

Great guy, fantastic bjj artist. Shame he could never put it all together to become champ

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:53 AM

Imma miss him when he leaves. He had some amazing finishes.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 11:55 AM

He should realise his own backpack company. That would be sweet- I’d buy one


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 03:22 PM

Maia could had been virtually unstoppable IF he had some decent level in other MMA aspects .. he did outboxe Colby tho lol


Nah, I wont miss him, sorry. 

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 03:37 PM

 .....he will get a few more miles bcoz of his style, but he's 40 and not exciting,

in reality, very few people care about Demian Maia, basically a company man -

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 03:42 PM

So he already checked out?


Yeah he def gettting beat up Sat, i'm say even finished after the way he gassed out badly vs Covington.

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