UFC welterweight Demian Maia has proven himself to be a force in the division with a 3-0 mark since making the move down from 185 pounds. However, little has been heard from the brilliant Brazilian since beating Jon Fitch in early February, remaining idle while most of his peers have been paired off for future dates.
Even though there aren’t a lot of available opponents who make sense for Maia in terms of those ranked ahead of him, it appears the slick submission specialist does have his eye on one potential adversary – Nick Diaz.
While Diaz is coming off consecutive losses to Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre, he remains one of the sport’s most popular fighters and is widely respected from a talent perspective. Throwing a wrench in the plan, Diaz has said he plans to retire unless awarded a rematch with GSP or crack at Anderson Silva.
Maia’s desire to face Diaz was announced this week on UFC Tonight, expressing specific interest in action on August 3 in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 163 even if Diaz is not up to the task.
The 18-4 Maia has tapped out nine opponents including Rick Story and Chael Sonnen. Meanwhile, Diaz has yet to be submitted in 35 professional fights, posting a 26-9 record over the span including 21 stoppages.
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