Brazilian Jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia challenged UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva for his belt last Saturday at “UFC 112: Invincible.” Not only was Maia unsuccessful in usurping Silva’s throne, he was thoroughly mocked and battered in the early half of the fight. Maia showed true heart though, as he fought through the intimidating antics of “The Spider” and survived to mount his own offense late in the fight.
“I just thought it was disrespectful for him to swear at me during the fight,” Maia told GracieMag.com. “Saying things like, ‘You (explicative) momma’s boy, show me your Jiu-Jitsu.’ That type of stuff. I felt it was disrespectful and unnecessary. Aside from that, it was a normal fight.”
Even though Silva did his best to belittle him, Maia is not letting it ruffle his feathers.
“He begged my forgiveness and I feel everyone makes mistakes, that’s normal,” said Maia. “I feel something influenced him afterwards and he came up with that statement about me having disrespected him. I never made any strong statements and, even if I had, it would have been to promote the fight, which is normal. The fight ends and the two fighters embrace.”
Although he may receive some undue criticism for not pressing the action more, Maia’s stock rose in the eyes of many fans. He fought for every minute of every round and, as the fight drew to a close, he absolutely went for broke; throwing punches from his knees at one point and landing some of the most significant strikes we have seen anyone land against Silva. If anything was proven Saturday night at UFC 112 it is that Demian Maia is a true fighter with an indelible heart.