Five straight victories, highlighted by a submission of Matt Brown, have Demian Maia feeling good.
Maia earned his latest victory Saturday night at UFC 198, forcing fellow contender Brown to tap to a rear-naked choke.
Since back-to-back decision losses to Rory MacDonald and Jake Shields, Maia (23-6) has turned back Brown, Gunnar Nelson, Neil Magny, Ryan LaFlare and Alexander Yakovlev.
“I am ready to fight for the title,” he said. “Send Dana White, Joe Silva your messages. I’m ready for this.
“It has been my dream. This is my weight class.”
Back in 2010, Maia earned a shot at then-champion Anderson Silva, falling via decision. He went 3-2 over his next five before deciding to move to welterweight.
With the submission win, Maia now sits tied for third on the UFC all-time list with eight. He is behind only Royce Gracie and Nate Diaz.