Demian Maia has fought the likes of UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, former champion Anderson Silva and many others that will likely enter the hall of fame when it is all said and done.
Over the past weekend, Maia suffered his third consecutive defeat when he was bested by Kamaru Usman at UFC Fight Night 129 from Santiago, Chile. He stepped in on short notice to meet Usman in the main event when an injury to Santiago Ponzinibbio forced him out.
“Congratulations to Kamaru Usman for the win,” Maia posted on social media. “It was a great experience to compete against you. When I took the call 3 weeks ago, I knew it would be a very hard challenge and I’m proud to have come here and done it.
“You deserved the chance and Chile deserved a card. Best of luck.”
Congratulations to @USMAN84kg for the win. it was a great experience to compete against you. When I took the call 3 weeks ago, I knew it would be a very hard challenge and I’m proud to have come here and done it. You deserved the chance and Chile deserved a card. Best of luck. pic.twitter.com/M27biVDvr5
— Demian Maia (@demianmaia) May 20, 2018
Maia has also stated that he plans to complete his current UFC contract, which calls for three more bouts. The 40-year-old hast dropped consecutive decisions to Usman, Colby Covington and Woodley, with his last win coming in early 2017 vs. Jorge Masvidal to complete a seven-fight win streak.
The Brazilian started his UFC career back in 2007 with a submission of Ryan Jensen at UFC 77. He followed with four more submission wins vs. Ed Herman, Jason MacDonald, Nate Quarry and Chael Sonnen before falling to Nate Marquardt. In 2010, he lost a five-round decision to Silva for the UFC middleweight title and made his welterweight debut two years later.