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Demian Maia

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  • Given Name: Demian A. Baptista Maia
  • MMA Record: 25-8-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 40 | Date of Birth: 1977.11.06
  • Last Fight: October 28, 2017 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Wand Fight Team
  • Height: 6'1" (185cm) | Reach: 72.0" (183cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,146,000 USD
  • Born: Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: N/A
  • Foundation Style: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Demian Maia MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Colby Covington
25-7-0 12-1-0

Br UFC Fight Night 119: Machida vs. Brunson
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2017.10.28
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Jerin Valel
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Tyron Woodley
25-6-0 17-3-1

Us UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2017.07.29
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $110,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jorge Masvidal
24-6-0 32-11-0

Us UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2017.05.13
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Kerry Hatley
#47 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2017
Win | Submission | Choke
1:52 Round 1 of 5

Us Carlos Condit
23-6-0 30-9-0

Ca UFC on FOX 21: Maia vs. Condit
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2016.08.27
Odds: +115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#7 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2016
UFC on FOX 21 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Carlos Condit UFC 202 2016.08.20
Reason: Bout Rescheduled
Win | Submission | Choke
4:31 Round 3 of 3, 14:31 Total

Us Matt Brown
22-6-0 20-13-0

Br UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2016.05.14
Odds: -325 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#13 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2016
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Is Gunnar Nelson
21-6-0 14-1-1

Us UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.12.12
Odds: +100 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $156,000 ($78K Base, $78K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
2:52 Round 2 of 3, 7:52 Total

Us Neil Magny
20-6-0 15-3-0

Br UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.08.01
Odds: -235 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Linkin Park - Numb
UFC 190 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Ryan LaFlare
19-6-0 11-0-0

Br UFC Fight Night 62: Maia vs. LaFlare
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.03.21
Odds: -105 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Mike Pyle UFC UFN 49 2014.08.23
Reason: Maia Staph Infection
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ru Alexander Yakovlev
18-6-0 21-4-1

Br UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Maldonado
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.05.31
Odds: -500 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ca Rory MacDonald
18-5-0 15-2-0

Us UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.02.22
Odds: +240 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $114,000 ($64K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#16 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC 170 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Jake Shields
18-4-0 28-6-1

Br UFC Fight Night 29: Maia vs. Shields
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.10.09
Odds: -355 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
Cancelled Bout Josh Koscheck UFC 163 2013.08.03
Reason: Koscheck Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jon Fitch
17-4-0 24-4-1

Us UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.02.02
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $120,000 ($60K Base, $60K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Kim Winslow
Win | Submission | Choke
2:30 Round 1 of 3

Us Rick Story
16-4-0 14-5-0

Br UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.10.13
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#11 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:47 Round 1 of 3

Kr Dong Hyun Kim
15-4-0 15-1-1

Us UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.07.07
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Chris Weidman
15-3-0 7-0-0

Us UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.01.28
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Michael Bisping UFC on FOX 2 2012.01.28
Reason: Bisping Rescheduled
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Jorge Santiago
14-3-0 23-9-0

Us UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.10.08
Odds: -315 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Jacob Montalvo
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Mark Muñoz
14-2-0 10-2-0

Ca UFC 131: Carwin vs. Dos Santos
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.06.11
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $43,000 Base | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Jerin Valel | Walkout Music: Lobão - Vida Bandida
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Kendall Grove
13-2-0 12-7-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.12.04
Odds: -320 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 ($40K Base, $40K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Cancelled Bout Alan Belcher UFC UFN 22 2010.09.15
Reason: Belcher Detached Retina
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Mario Miranda
12-2-0 10-1-0

Us UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.08.28
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $68,000 ($34K Base, $34K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs (83.5 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Lobão - Vida Bandida
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Br Anderson Silva
12-1-0 27-4-0

Ae UFC 112: Invincible
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2010.04.10
Odds: +525 (Heavy Underdog) | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs (83.5 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: Lobão - Vida Bandida
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Dan Miller
11-1-0 11-2-0

Us UFC 109: Relentless
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.02.06
Odds: -386 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $62,000 ($31K Base, $31K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti | Walkout Music: Lobão - Vida Bandida
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:21 Round 1 of 3

Us Nate Marquardt
11-0-0 28-8-2

Us UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.08.29
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $28,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Dave Hagen | Walkout Music: Lobão - Vida Bandida
#59 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 102 Knockout of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
2:37 Round 1 of 3

Us Chael Sonnen
10-0-0 22-9-1

Gb UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.02.21
Odds: -270 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs (83.5 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#32 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#14 Greatest Submission of All Time
UFC 95 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
2:13 Round 1 of 3

Us Nate Quarry
9-0-0 10-2-0

Us UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2008.11.15
Odds: -238 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Choke
2:44 Round 3 of 3, 12:44 Total

Ca Jason MacDonald
8-0-0 20-9-0

Us UFC 87: Seek and Destroy
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2008.08.09
Odds: -246 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#23 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 87 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
2:27 Round 2 of 3, 7:27 Total

Us Ed Herman
7-0-0 15-5-0

Ca UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2008.04.19
Odds: -180 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs (83.7 kgs) | Referee: Philippe Chartier
#35 Greatest Submission of All Time
UFC 83 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
2:40 Round 1 of 3

Us Ryan Jensen
6-0-0 11-2-0

Us UFC 77: Hostile Territory
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2007.10.20
Odds: -198 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus, $40K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
UFC 77 Submission of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Us Ryan Stout

Us Ohio Regional

2007.05.19
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira

Br Sao Paulo Regional

2006.10.07
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Gustavo Machado

Br Sao Paulo Regional

2006.10.07
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Fabio Nascimento

Br Sao Paulo Regional

2006.10.07
Win | Submission | Armlock

Pl Łukasz Chlewicki

Fi CAGE MMA Finland

2005.12.03
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Ve Raul Sosa

Ve Venezuela Regional

2001.09.21

Demian Maia Wiki Update Wiki

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Demian Maia began his life in the martial arts studying the disciplines of Judo, Kung Fu and Karate. He was introduced to BJJ at the age of nineteen and would go on to become one of the world’s greatest ground experts, garnering fame by winning titles in most of the world’s premier grappling and sport Jiu-Jitsu events.


Unlike some Jiu-Jitsu wizards who have failed to cross over into mainstream MMA, Maia’s transition to mixed martial arts was an unparalleled success. After running his record to a quick 6-0 in local promotions, not only did Maia gain entrance into the world’s premier MMA promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but he continued to reel off wins against many of the promotion’s high profile names, including Nate Quarry, Ed Herman and Chael Sonnen, finishing all of them on the ground. His match with Sonnen was Sonnen's first since besting WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho in a non-title bout. As predicted, the well decorated wrestler took Maia down, but Maia was able to quickly lock up a triangle choke and get the tap at 2:37 of the first round. During this early streak he also gained submission of the night awards against Ryan Jensen and Jason MacDonald.


After Maia’s win over Sonnen in February 2009 he stood at 5-0 in the Octagon, with all five wins by choke. Maia was hailed as the greatest functional grappler in modern day MMA. While he boasted some basic striking proficiency, it was clear the lynchpin of Maia's game was his submission prowess. Maia fought with a pure, old-school BJJ many thought no longer existed in the UFC, electing on some occasions to pull guard against excellent wrestlers and then successfully sweep them. His wins were elegant and beautiful and, in modern day MMA, increasingly unusual in their style.


Maia stumbled thereafter against two of the world’s best middleweights, Nate Marquardt and 185 lb. champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva. Marquardt finished Maia early with a crushing one punch blow, whereas Silva took a lackluster decision from him in a highly criticized fight at Abu Dhabi that Maia did his best to make competitive. While Maia showed the best boxing of his career in his fight against Dan Miller, it was questionable whether his ground-oriented style would continue to pay dividends as he fought the very best in the world. Maia would go on to win decisions over Kendall Grove and Mario Miranda. He then split a pair of decisions with Mark Munoz and Jorge Santiago. He was scheduled to face Michael Bisping at UFC on Fox 2, but a late reshuffling of the card saw him being matched with the late addition Chris Weidman


Following his unanimous decision defeat at the hands of undefeated middleweight prospect Chris Weidman, Maia had decided to move down to welterweight. His debut at the new weight class came against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 148. Maia made immediate waves in the division as he won the fight at 47 seconds into the first round by way of a TKO (injury to Kim). He would face Rick Story at UFC 153 and submit him in the very first round, proving that he could make an impact on the welterweight division. He had now finished both his opponents at welterweight as opposed to middleweight where he had not finished anyone since his 2009 submission of Chael Sonnen.


Maia would once again show that he might be a force to be reckoned with at welterweight when he beat Jon Fitch at his own game, man handling him for three rounds to coast to a unanimous decision victory. This win moved Maia up the ladder in his new weight class. He had called out Tarec Saffiediene, but would end up fighting Jake Shields as the main event of UFC Fight Night 29. Although he was the favorite going into the fight, Maia would end up losing many of the grappling exchanges and lose a lack luster split decision. He next took on Rory MacDonald at UFC 170. Although he was able to dominate the first round on the ground, nearly twenty of his takedowns were stuffed in the remainder of the fight and MacDonald was able to dominate the standup with leg kicks and rangy punches, resulting in a unanimous decision loss for Maia. Their fight would win "Fight of the Night".

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