Demian Maia is a very reliable source of information regarding a possible Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen rematch for the UFC middleweight title. Maia, who defeated Jorge Santiago this past weekend at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III, has been inside the Octagon with both Sonnen and Silva.
Maia (15-3) defeated Sonnen via triangle choke in 2009, while falling to Silva for the UFC title in 2010 by decision. He also was in the same locker room area as Sonnen this past weekend in Houston. While many have felt the wrath of Sonnen’s words, the outspoken fighter doesn’t bother Maia.
“I met him many times before and it wasn’t any different, he was respectful,” said Maia, in an interview with Tatame.com. “I have no troubles with him. I know it’s all a marketing plan, he’s trying to sell his fights. Each one of us was warming up, with our minds on our bouts.”
Sonnen defeated Brian Stann via submission, and proceeded to call out Silva for a rematch next year. UFC President Dana White has said he will look very hard at signing the bout.
Maia, a third-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, has eight career submission victories. He is also one of the few men who have been able to go five rounds with “The Spider.” As for Silva-Sonnen II, he had this to say.
“I guess Anderson would be harder to submit on the ground than Stann,” Maia said. “But Chael doesn’t depend on the submission, he can work on the ground and pound. He’ll be training with his takedown defenses so he doesn’t get in trouble like it happened to him before.”
Silva, after surviving four rounds of punishment from Sonnen, locked in a triangle armbar that forced Sonnen to tap in their UFC 117 meeting.