Demian Maia is not yet ready for a career in MMA.
A 33-time veteran in the Octagon with wins over Jorge Masvidal, Carlos Condit, Ben Askren, Jon Fitch and Chael Sonnen, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace ended his contract with the UFC following a loss to Belal Muhammad in June.
UFC President Dana White has said “it probably is” regarding her UFC career, but Maia is not convinced.
“It’s happened other times, we’ve all seen it before, the company changing its stance and its plans,” Maia said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “It depends a lot on what’s going on in the market. “
Maia fought for the UFC titles twice, challenging Anderson Silva at middleweight and seven years later against welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. He failed in both attempts. He was on a three-game winning streak against Lyman Good, Anthony Rocco Martin and Ben Askren before his latest losses to Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad, and he said “my desire is to do another MMA fight in the UFC. “.
“I have fought my entire life in the UFC. This is my home, ”Maia said. “I want to do one last fight there, and I think it depends on what’s going on in Brazil. It’s a feeling that my manager and I have. If they have gigs with fans here soon, I think the UFC will be interested in me so that I fight. I wait and see what happens, but I want to fight one last fight. I still train twice a day.
In the meantime, Maia continues to run her jiu-jitsu school in Sao Paulo, finish her book, record new editions of her podcast and videos for her own YouTube page, and broadcast a new show answering questions from people. fans on the official UFC Brasil YouTube page. .
“On top of all this, I get a lot of offers to participate in jiu-jitsu,” Maia said. “No gi, or possibly with gi too. This is something that I really want to do soon. This is something that I will probably do in addition to fighting MMA.
Maia is sponsored by Spyder, a company that hosts jiu-jitsu events in South Korea, but he has also been approached by promotions in Brazil and the United States.
“Chael [Sonnen] has a promotion in the United States, Submission Underground, and he told me about the possibility of going up against someone there, ”said Maia. “I think it would be cool to face someone from MMA [in jiu-jitsu] because of [attention] this name would bring.
“If I face someone from the new generation of jiu-jitsu, he might have a name in jiu-jitsu [community] but it’s a niche thing. If I get an MMA guy… Let me give you an example: Sonnen texted me after my last fight asking if I was interested in taking on Tony Ferguson or Kamaru Usman. This is the type of match that would not only appeal to the jiu-jitsu community, but also MMA and anyone who enjoys fighting in any way.
Maia explains that he didn’t accept Sonnen’s offer because he had just fought Muhammad in the Octagon and was hoping a fight with Nate Diaz would come to fruition. The Diaz brothers, along with Donald Cerrone, are names that interest him for his latest MMA fight.
When it comes to jiu-jitsu, a trilogy match with recently retired Ronaldo Souza might be too much since “Jacare” “weighs 30 pounds more than I” today. The two met twice in 2015, with Souza winning the no-gi match at ADCC and Maia winning in jiu-jitsu.
In MMA, in the event that White does not show up with a competitive offer, Maia, currently a free agent, will not be closing the door on further promotions just yet. But he’s not likely to take it either.
“It’s hard to say… Actually, no, my initial answer would be no,” Maia said of wrestling MMA outside of the UFC. “I don’t want to fight elsewhere, I want to be in the UFC, but I have a big dream of fighting MMA in Japan. But I didn’t think about it. If there was a huge promotion like in the days of PRIDE, sometimes I think about it. But the first plan, if you ask me, is to do my last fight in the UFC.