Demian Maia reached the highest level in the UFC, outside of becoming a champion, when he faced Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title in 2010. But, since that decision loss to Silva, Maia has gone just 3-2, prompting a move to welterweight.
This Saturday night, while Silva defends his title against Chael Sonnen in the main event of UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II, Maia will debut at 170 against Dong Hyun Kim. The bout is set for the main card, which FightLine will provide complete coverage from.
“I think in the UFC there are no easy divisions right now, with plenty of top fighters in all weight classes,” said Maia, in a recent interview with UFC.com. “(Welterweight) is a very tough division, with very good wrestlers and some solid strikers, as well. (Georges St-Pierre) is a great champion and has been dominating the division for a long time; that alone shows how good he is. I admire him, not only for the fighter he is, but the great ambassador he is for the sport.”
Maia has been in the UFC since 2007, claiming nine Octagon triumphs. He defeated Sonnen back in 2009 via submission before suffering his first career loss to Nate Marquardt later that year.
“Time flies,” Maia said. “Five years already. I hope to stay for some more years to come.”