UFC middleweight contender Demian Maia earned his second victory in a row this past weekend, making his record 2-0 since being defeated by middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 112 this past April. The Brazilian Jiu-jitsu ace defeated Kendall Grove via unanimous decision on the main card of The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale this past Saturday and told GracieMag.com recently that the UFC is interested in pitting him against UK standout Michael “The Count” Bisping.
“They say they want to put me against Michael Bisping,” Maia said of the UFC’s plans. “But I’m not concerned with any of that. I’m a fighter and I have to train as best I can, to win.”
That said, Maia has observed Bisping fight closely and finds him to be a formidable opponent. He told Gracie Mag that he would consult his mentor and friend Wanderlei Silva, who defeated Bisping via unanimous decision this past February, for advice on how best to approach a fight with “The Count.”
“He’s a very strategic guy, keeps his distance, and has good boxing. He’s also a pain to take down. A lot of people say they don’t think he’s all that, but he has very few losses and is hard to beat. He’s an experienced fighter. Should he really be my next, then I’ll even ask for some pointers from Wanderlei Silva, who has fought him before.”
Though not yet officially announced by the UFC, Bisping is expected to face Jorge Rivera this February at UFC 127, making a bout with Maia an unclear prospect.
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