Demian Maia dropping to 170


Demian Maia ‏ @demianmaia
Guys, now I ll moving down to 170 pounds. Next fight I ll be a welterwheight @UFC

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Demian Maia won his first five fights in the UFC by submission, four of them so spectacular they earned submission of the night. Since then he has gone 4-4, including seven fights that went to decision, capped by an uninspired loss to Chris Weidman at UFC on Fox 2 earlier this year.

Maia's move to Welterweight is doubtless spurred because a title path to the 185 Middleweight division is unlikely, particularly after a loss to a taunting Anderson Silva in 2010.

He said in a recent interview that he had not made a test cut to 170 yet.

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Jaybrone site profile image  

3/15/12 6:01 AM by Jaybrone

 Ya if he loses some mass and does it right a drop could help him.

nogblublt site profile image  

3/14/12 3:54 PM by nogblublt

He had opportunities to play from his back in that fight and choose to stand back up.

newjack900 site profile image  

3/14/12 3:51 PM by newjack900

Always been a fan of Maia and 170 should have been his weight from the beginning. Hopefully he will continue to focus on improved striking in training while utilizing a gameplan that focuses more on his superior grappling in the future. I feel like he has been a little too comfortable w/ standup battles in his recent fights. Hopefully we see him in some good matchups.

CaptChaos site profile image  

3/14/12 3:24 PM by CaptChaos

I've been praying he would drop to 170 for a while now. He has put on size since entering the UFC but he still isn't a very big MW. I think WW will be perfect for him. And for those that think he chooses to stand and fight think again. 3 of his 4 losses were because he could not take his opponent down and/or keep them down.... Munoz, Silva, and Weidman. He had no choice but to stand and trade. In the Marquart fight he got caught very early!

orcus site profile image  

3/14/12 3:20 PM by orcus

 "  good move...has no shot at 185." 185 is a lot less wrestler-heavy than 170, and Demian has never lost a fight on the ground. I don't see how he has a better shot in a division where he will have much more trouble taking anyone down.

Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

3/14/12 2:50 PM by Gnarls Gnarlington

should be some fun fights.

Willin site profile image  

3/14/12 2:11 PM by Willin

 When all else fails go for the flying gogoplata.

Dougie site profile image  

3/14/12 1:54 PM by Dougie

I would just like him to use his best skills and he seems to stray from that.

KwikTempah site profile image  

3/14/12 1:52 PM by KwikTempah

I wanna see a sloppy K1 fight between Shields and Maia !

cdmontgo site profile image  

3/14/12 1:51 PM by cdmontgo

Maia vs Shields please!