With a 3-0 record in the UFC welterweight division since dropping down from middleweight, submission-specialist Demian Maia has earned status as a name to watch in 2013. Maia’s latest instance of success at 170 pounds came this past weekend when he beat former title-contender Jon Fitch by Unanimous Decision at UFC 156. Maia looked sharp throughout the tilt, out-grappling the notoriously tough wrestler.
Maia was asked to reflect on his performance in a conversation with Fuel TV shortly after the win, acknowledging the dominance he displayed should be enough to earn him a crack at contendership in the near future.
“I thought when I got his back I was going to be able to submit him but he defends pretty well,” said Maia of his showing, comparing his victory to the only other stumbles Fitch has experienced inside the Octagon. “Johny Hendricks got him with a big punch. The only guy that I really saw control him was Georges St-Pierre. So, yeah, I’m looking for the title. Since I dropped to this weight class I’ve been thinking about the title.”
Agreeing that a top shelf opponent made sense for his next scrap, Maia didn’t have any specific names in mind.
“No, I don’t care,” replied Maia on the topic, leaving such matters up to his management team.
As it stands, a good percentage of the UFC’s best welterweights are booked for action at UFC 158 meaning the 18-4 Maia will almost certainly be tuning in with the rest of the MMA world on March 16. Among the names that could potentially emerge from the event as candidates for Maia’s future foe are the likes of Rory MacDonald, Carlos Condit, Jake Ellenberger, and Hendricks.
The full interview with Maia can be seen below:
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