Maia wants bout with Nick Diaz next

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

On last night’s episode of Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight, analyst Ariel Helwani reported an updated from Brazil, including who welterweight grappling sensation Demian Maia wants next:

“Demian Maia’s manager Eduardo Alonso says that Demian’s anxious to get back. Demian wants to return on the August 3rd card in Rio, and he’d be honored to fight Nick Diaz. They have a lot of respect for Diaz. This fight makes a lot of sense. If you look at the welterweight rankings, everyone else is booked or just fought. They’re ranked fifth and sixth and would make a lot of sense.”

Maia is riding a three bout win streak since dropping to welterweight including wins over top ten fighters Jon Fitch and Rick Story. A fight with Diaz would make sense to see if Maia can break the top three and works towards a title fight with Georges St-Pierre.