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Demian Maia is a highly decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and perhaps the best jiu-jitsu practictioner in the UFC's welterweight division. Maia is 3-0 since dropping to the lighter weight division and is poised to make a another move towards a title shot at UFC 163 when he fights former number one contender Josh Koscheck. Maia is a jiu-jitsu fighter first and will look to use it to secure his win over Koscheck:

Maia is currently ranked No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA welterweight rankings. No. 5 Nick Diaz is in semiretirement while he waits on UFC officials to decide whether or not to meet his demands for a fight with either St-Pierre or Anderson Silva. The remaining five fighters ahead of Maia in the rankings all have bouts in the near future, so a big move for the Brazilian is certainly possible.

Maia doesn't want to focus on the possibilities, instead keeping his mind completely on Koscheck. But the Brazilian knows his time may be coming, and he wants the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world to know he'll be representing their interests as he continues to focus on the incredible grappling he displayed during his earliest days in MMA.

"It's great to be representing Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the UFC," Maia said. "When I go in the octagon to fight, I'm truly thinking like a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter. I feel like I have the support of the community, so I feel like I'm fighting for something bigger than just going in there to be an athlete. I'm representing a martial art that has changed many people's lives."

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Maia will be WW champ by 2015. Phone Post
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War Maia. Love that guy! Phone Post
6/6/13 5:58 PM
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Carne de cavalo é o melhor -  Maia will be WW champ by 2015. Phone Post

Hell, I think he could submit GSP if given the opportunity.
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I don't think he beats Rory, so no way he beats GSP. And I dont even like Rory all that much. Phone Post 3.0
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Carne de cavalo é o melhor -  Maia will be WW champ by 2015. Phone Post

I wish him the best, but I'll take that bet.
6/6/13 7:27 PM
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Mark Hunts Pet Monkey - I don't think he beats Rory, so no way he beats GSP. And I dont even like Rory all that much. Phone Post 3.0
I don't know man, he Fitched Fitch. What if he Kos' Kos, Rory's Rory and Maia's GSP? Phone Post
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Great guy, can't wait to for the Kos fight. Phone Post 3.0
6/6/13 7:52 PM
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the geek - Great guy, can't wait to for the Kos fight. Phone Post 3.0

Same...

 

I too think he'll be champ at 170lbs..

 

Let's see it!

 

6/6/13 8:08 PM
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Maia is BJJ's Rob Stark (before the red wedding).
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War Maia!! Phone Post 3.0
6/6/13 9:03 PM
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JitzInMyPants - Maia is BJJ's Rob Stark (before the red wedding).
Lol vtfu Phone Post 3.0
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Maia takes this thread seriously..

... and approves!

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im just happy to see K-1 maia is dead and buried...it was hard to tell friends who were new to the sport that this guy was a world class grappler
6/7/13 3:40 AM
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Maia's takedowns are getting a lot better. His Fitch fight was textbook. I hope he keeps improving his boxing/takedowns and using that to set up his td and impose his will. 

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And BJJ is proud of You representing It. Finally another high level BJJ guy has a serious chance of winning a title. Lets face it, its been a while. Phone Post 3.0
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Estima vs Maia should happen at some point.

6/7/13 5:10 AM
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I'm really intrigued by his match up with Kos too.

I kinda think Kos shrugs off Maias take downs and both stand and wang for 3 rounds.

But if Maia gets him down... Phone Post 3.0
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MarkRobinson - I'm really intrigued by his match up with Kos too.

I kinda think Kos shrugs off Maias take downs and both stand and wang for 3 rounds.

But if Maia gets him down... Phone Post 3.0
Really hope this isn't like vinny vs Davis was soooooo disappointed Phone Post 3.0
6/7/13 5:59 AM
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Maia has better cardio, takedowns and kickboxing than Vinny (no disrespect intended). Koscheck is a tough matchup for Maia but it's a very winnable fight for him. It'll be an interesting one!

6/7/13 7:58 AM
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he should be proud
6/7/13 8:56 AM
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"and perhaps the best jiu-jitsu practictioner in the UFC's welterweight division."

Perhaps??
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Big Pookie - "and perhaps the best jiu-jitsu practictioner in the UFC's welterweight division."

Perhaps??
Word!

Perhaps my ass.. Phone Post 3.0
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I love to watch maia.
 
 
 
Its nice to see a specialist at work. Anyone want some fresh squeezed rick story.. 
 
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Big Pookie - "and perhaps the best jiu-jitsu practictioner in the UFC's welterweight division."

Perhaps??
This Phone Post 3.0

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