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.
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. Demian Maia finished college and graduated with a degree in Journalism. 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
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.
The UFC announced that it had signed Maia to a contract on August 7, 2007. He was originally matched against veteran Marvin Eastman, but Eastman pulled out due to eye surgery. 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.
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, earning $60,000 for Submission of the Night. With this award he became the first UFC fighter to earn three consecutive Submissions of the Nights. 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.
Instead, Maia would take on Chael Sonnen in London, England at UFC 95 (February 21). 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 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.
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.
Maia has a wife named Renada. 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. Maia speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Championships and achievementsEdit
- 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) 
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|18||12 wins||1 loss|
|Anderson Silva||UFC 112: Invincible||April 10, 2010||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||For UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||12–1||Dan Miller||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 109: Relentless||February 6, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Loss||11–1||Nate Marquardt||KO (Punch)||UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira||August 29, 2009||1||0:21||Portland, Oregon, US|
|Win||11–0||Chael Sonnen||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson||February 21, 2009||1||2:37||London, England|
|Win||10–0||Nate Quarry||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar||November 15, 2008||1||2:14||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||9–0||Jason MacDonald||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 87: Seek and Destroy||August 9, 2008||3||2:44||Minneapolis, Minnesota, US|
|Win||8–0||Ed Herman||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UFC 83: Serra vs. St-Pierre 2||April 19, 2008||2||2:27||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||7–0||Ryan Jensen||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 77: Hostile Territory||October 20, 2007||1||2:40||Cincinnati, Ohio, US|
|Win||6–0||Ryan Stout||TKO (Shoulder Injury)||GFC: Evolution||May 19, 2007||1||1:59||Columbus, Ohio, US|
|Win||5–0||Fabio Negao||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Super Challenge 1||October 7, 2006||1||0:38||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Gustavo Machado||Decision (Unanimous)||Super Challenge 1||October 7, 2006||2||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Super Challenge 1||October 7, 2006||1||3:31||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Lukas Chlewicki||Submission (Armbar)||The Cage: Volume 4||December 3, 2005||1||4:22||Helsinki, Finland|
|Win||1–0||Raul Sosa||TKO (Punches)||Tormenta en el Ring – Tormenta en el Ring||September 21, 2001||1||0:48||Caracas Venezuela|
- 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
- ↑ http://www.demianmaia.com/biography
- ↑ http://www.ufc.com/DemianMaia
- ↑ http://www.mmaontap.com/mma/entry/gfc-evolution-live-blog/
- ↑ http://www.ultimate-fighter.ca/ufcnews.php?id=3226
- ↑ http://archive.is/20120720233443/mmajunkie.com/news/2863/eye-surgery-forces-marvin-eastman-out-of-ufc-77-mmajunkiecom-exclusive.mma
- ↑ http://archive.is/20120718062625/mmajunkie.com/news/4178/goulet-hironaka-macdonald-and-maia-earn-ufc-83-bonuses.mma
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/ufc-87-seek-and-destroy-play-by-play-13960
- ↑ http://ballhype.com/article/ufc_87_bonuses_st_pierre_fitch_maia_and_emerson_earn/
- ↑ http://forums.mmanews.com/general-mma-forum/31934-91-preview-articles-florian-stevenson-maia-quarry-gonzaga-hendricks.html
- ↑ http://theufcresults.com/2008/11/16/demian-maia-best-pure-grappler-in-the-ufc/
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/florian-destroys-stevenson-secures-title-shot-hazelett-subs-mccrory-at-ufc-91-15177
- ↑ http://demianmaia.com.br/news_english.htm
- ↑ Middleweights Demian Maia and Dan Miller targeted for UFC 109 contest in February. mmajunkie.com (2009-10-16). Archived from the original on 2012-07-15.
- ↑ Maia remains a well-known mystery. Sports.yahoo.com (2009-02-17). Retrieved on 2009-03-11.
- ↑ http://fighters.mmaanalytics.com/about.aspx?detail=demianmaia
- ↑ http://www.fightmagazine.com/mma-magazine/mma-article.asp?aid=240&issid=18