It might surprise some fans to learn Demian Maia’s first professional victory came as the result of a 48-second knockout. However, the talented BJJer has not stopped an opponent with strikes since despite having shown signs of improvement over the past few fights.
It also might surprise some fans to learn Maia actually felt his stand-up would make the difference in last weekend’s loss to Chris Weidman, believing so much in that being the case he opted to go for a knockout rather than focus on submissions/grappling.
“I believed a lot my hands. I believed I could knock him out and I wanted to see if I could actually do it,” said Maia in an interview with TATAME. “I focused on that the entire fight and not focused on winning, but doing what I wanted to do. Actually I guess it’s easier fighting for the win…if I had worried about points…the guy took me down once, twice, these kinds of things.”
In terms of what’s next for Maia, he say he’s open to any match-ups thrown his way while admitting he’d like to fight Michael Bisping as was originally planned for UFC on FOX 2.
“It would be excellent, but I’m not hoping for anything,” the 34-year old explained, adding he planned to head back to the gym next week to start training and “rethink some concepts”.
The loss dropped Maia’s overall record to 15-4 with eight of this wins coming by way of submission.
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MMATraining Take: Weidman may not be known as a striker by trade but I’m not sure what Maia saw in his game to think he could drop/finish him in that manner. I’m also curious to know why Maia’s camp would approve the strategy. Either way he paid for it, not only losing but to a guy who only had ten days to prepare.