Although he was left with less than eight weeks notice to prepare for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Demian Maia is confident that he made the right choice in taking on the opportunity of a lifetime.
“This is the opportunity I can’t pass up,” Maia told GracieMag.com of fighting “The Spider” during his prime for the title. “It may happen only once in my lifetime. It’s not the ideal amount of time, but at the same time, it’s not bad. I’m coming off a fight and I’m not out of rhythm.”
The short turnaround also allows Maia to quickly build on the confidence he established during his 15-minute stand up scrap with Miller. Although he understands there’s a ton of work left to be done, his performance at UFC 109 will go a long way mentally as he preps for MMA’s most efficient striker.
“It was really important, because I could test myself standing and see that it wasn’t just in training that I could fight like that,” said Maia. “I managed to fight safely, controlling the distance safely. It was also really important to fight three rounds, which I hadn’t yet done in the UFC.
“It was worthwhile for the experience and I’m really happy because I felt safe standing, which I had never felt before. It was important in my evolution and was something I needed to do before challenging for the title. But I know I have much to improve on and many details to correct, for sure.”
UFC 112 takes place April 10th in Abu Dhabi.