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Demian Maia Baptista (born November 6, 1977 in Sao Paulo, Brazil) is a mixed martial arts fighter and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. He currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is known for his technical mastery of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and holds notable wins over Chael Sonnen and Nate Quarry.

BiographyEdit

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Maia trained in Judo as a child. When he became a teenager, he also began studying Kung Fu and Karate. By age nineteen, Maia was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by his cousin. After four years and seven months, Demian received his black belt under Fabio Gurgel.[1] Demian Maia finished college and graduated with a degree in Journalism.[2] He is currently a second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has won several major tournaments under Team Brasa.

He won the 77–87 kg weight division at the 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, defeating Yushin Okami, Rafael Lovato, and Tarsis Humphres before armbarring Flavio Almeida in the finals. He also won the 2007 Super Challenge under 83 kg belt, defeating Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira by rear naked choke and Gustavo Machado by a judges decision before going on to defeat Fabio Negao by guillotine choke in the finals. Maia appears in the instructional DVD The Science of Jiu Jitsu I & II.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

On December 3, 2005, Maia made his mixed martial arts debut against Lukas Chlewicki at The Cage – Volume 4 in Helsinki, Finland. In just 4:22, Maia submitted Chlewicki by armbar to win his MMA debut. After nearly a year, he returned to compete at Super Challenge 1, earning three victories in one night to be crowned the 2007 Super Challenge Champion in the under-83kgs division. In 2007, he competed in GFC – Evolution against Ryan Stout. Early in the first round, Stout's shoulder popped out of its socket after Maia reversing him into a mount, causing a stoppage due to injury.[3]

UFC careerEdit

The UFC announced that it had signed Maia to a contract on August 7, 2007.[4] He was originally matched against veteran Marvin Eastman, but Eastman pulled out due to eye surgery.[5] Ryan Jensen, who trained with Team Quest for this fight, was named as his replacement. The preliminary bout took place on October 20 at UFC 77: Hostile Territory in Cincinnati, Ohio. Maia won by rear naked choke in the first round and was awarded the Submission of the Night award, which paid him $40,000.

Maia next fought Ed Herman, another Team Quest fighter, at UFC 83: Serra vs St-Pierre 2 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on April 19, 2008. Maia defeated Herman by triangle choke at 2:27 of the second round. He again earned Submission of the Night for the victory, which paid him $75,000.[6]

Maia's third fight was at UFC 87: Seek & Destroy where he took on middleweight Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald. Both fighters entered the cage having won back-to-back Submission of the Night victories in the UFC. Maia went on to defeat MacDonald by rear naked choke at 2:44 of the third round,[7] earning $60,000 for Submission of the Night.[8] With this award he became the first UFC fighter to earn three consecutive Submissions of the Nights.[9] His four consecutive dominating submissions in the UFC have quickly brought his skills to the forefront as possibly being the best pure grappler in the UFC.[10]

Maia defeated Nate Quarry at UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar by rear naked choke in the first round.[11] After the fight, Maia expressed interest in fighting Michael Bisping next.

Instead, Maia would take on Chael Sonnen in London, England at UFC 95 (February 21).[12] During the match, Maia tossed Sonnen over his head using a lateral drop takedown, taking Sonnen to the ground, where Maia immediately achieved mount. Maia then baited and transitioned to a triangle choke, forcing Sonnen to tap out at 2:37 of the first round. The bout earned Maia his fourth Submission of the Night award in five UFC fights.

Maia's next opponent was Nate Marquardt at UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira on August 29. Maia was knocked out 21 seconds into the fight, resulting in his first career loss.

Maia faced Dan Miller on February 6, 2010 at UFC 109: Relentless and won the fight via unanimous decision. In a surprising turn, Maia did not take the fight to the ground and stated in the post fight interview that this was done to show that he could strike.[13]

After Vitor Belfort had to pull out of his upcoming match with UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva at UFC 112 due to a shoulder injury suffered in training, Maia was selected to fill the spot and take Silva on for the belt in what will be the UFC's first ever open air event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Personal lifeEdit

Maia has a wife named Renada.[14] Maia listed UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie as his inspiration to begin an MMA career, but lists Royce's brother Rickson Gracie, as his primary hero.[15] Maia speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Championships and achievementsEdit

Grappling credentialsEdit

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
ADCC 2007 77–87 kg: 1st place
ADCC 2005 77–87 kg: 2nd place
Record of opponents:
Lost: Marcelo Garcia (points), Romulo Barral (choke)
CBJJ World Championships
2001 Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 2nd Place
2000 Purple Belt Medio-Pesado: 1st Place
1999 Blue Belt Medio: 2nd Place
CBJJ Brazilian Championships
2006 Black Belt Absolute: 2nd Place & Black Belt Medium Heavy: =3rd Place
2002 Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: =3rd Place
2001 Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 1st Place & Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: =3rd Place
CBJJ Brazilian Team Championships
2003 Brown/Black Pesada: Master, 1st Place
2002 Brown/Black Pesada: Alliance, 2nd Place
2001 Brown/Black Pesada: Alliance, 1st Place
2000 Purple Belt Pesada: Alliance, 1st Place
CBJJO Copa Del Mundo
2005 –85 kg Black Belt: 1st Place
2003 Black Belt Meio Pesado: =3rd Place & Black Belt Absolute: 1st Place
2002 Black Belt Meio Pesado: 1st Place & Black Belt Absolute: 2nd Place

Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

Ultimate Fighting Championship
4x Submission of the Night Honors
FIGHT! Magazine
Newcomer of the Year (2008) [16]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Brazil flag Anderson Silva UFC 112: Invincible 02010-
April
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April 10, 2010
United Arab Emirates flag Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates For UFC Middleweight Championship
Win 12–1 United States flag Dan Miller Decision (Unanimous) UFC 109: Relentless 02010-
February
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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February 6, 2010
3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Loss 11–1 United States flag Nate Marquardt KO (Punch) UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira 02009-
August
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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August 29, 2009
1 0:21 United States flag Portland, Oregon, US
Win 11–0 United States flag Chael Sonnen Submission (Triangle Choke) UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson 02009-
February
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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February 21, 2009
1 2:37 England flag London, England
Submission of the Night
Win 10–0 United States flag Nate Quarry Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar 02008-
November
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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November 15, 2008
1 2:14 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 9–0 Canada flag Jason MacDonald Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 87: Seek and Destroy 02008-
August
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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August 9, 2008
3 2:44 United States flag Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
Submission of the Night
Win 8–0 United States flag Ed Herman Submission (Triangle Choke) UFC 83: Serra vs. St-Pierre 2 02008-
April
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 19, 2008
2 2:27 Canada flag Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Submission of the Night
Win 7–0 United States flag Ryan Jensen Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 77: Hostile Territory 02007-
October
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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October 20, 2007
1 2:40 United States flag Cincinnati, Ohio, US
Submission of the Night
Win 6–0 United States flag Ryan Stout TKO (Shoulder Injury) GFC: Evolution 02007-
May
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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May 19, 2007
1 1:59 United States flag Columbus, Ohio, US
Win 5–0 Brazil flag Fabio Negao Submission (Guillotine Choke) Super Challenge 1 02006-
October
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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October 7, 2006
1 0:38 Brazil flag Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Won Super Challenge Tournament, in the 83 Kgs section
Win 4–0 Brazil flag Gustavo Machado Decision (Unanimous) Super Challenge 1 02006-
October
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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October 7, 2006
2 5:00 Brazil flag Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 3–0 Brazil flag Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Super Challenge 1 02006-
October
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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October 7, 2006
1 3:31 Brazil flag Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 2–0 Poland flag Lukas Chlewicki Submission (Armbar) The Cage: Volume 4 02005-
December
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December 3, 2005
1 4:22 Finland flag Helsinki, Finland
Win 1–0 Venezuela flag Raul Sosa TKO (Punches) Tormenta en el Ring – Tormenta en el Ring 02001-
September
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September 21, 2001
1 0:48 Venezuela flag Caracas Venezuela

AwardsEdit

  • 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion
  • 2007 Super Challenge under-83kgs Champion
  • 2006 Pan American Champion
  • 2005 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Runner-Up
  • 3x World Cup champion
  • 2x World Champion
  • Brazilian champion
  • 7x State champion
  • 4x Brazilian team champion
  • 4x UFC Submission of the Night

ReferencesEdit

http://mma.fanhouse.com/2009/03/28/ufc-102-demian-maia-expects-next-shot-at-anderson-silva-or-tha/

External linksEdit

no:Demian Maia pt:Demian Maia fi:Demian Maia sv:Demian Maia

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