When Demian Maia entered the UFC he was already known as a scary BJJ practitioner holding a record of 6-0 as a middleweight. From there Maia won 5 in a row in the middleweight division all by submission before being stopped via knockout in the first round by Nate Marquardt. With one unanimous decision win over Dan Miller, Maia earned a title shot against Anderson Silva. Maia was unable to earn the victory, but lasted all five rounds. Since then Maia has went 3-2 in the middleweight division, with all fights since the Silva fight ending all via decision. Maia has since dropped down to welterweight where a lot of spectators feels he is underweight, where instead he has excelled. At UFC 148 Maia made his welterweight debut against top prospect Dong Hyun Kim and stopped him via injury in the first round, even though Maia still looked very impressive. Literally watching Rick Story’s blood dripping down his face by straight on force produced by Maia, was a peer fact that the nasty BJJ game and intensity of Maia is reborn, and the welterweight division should be on alert.
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