Born on 6th November 1977 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Demian Augusto Maia Baptista is a professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the welterweight division at the UFC. Maia is also known to be a world class grappler, and regarded as ‘one of the best ever to do it’. Presently, he is ranked #10 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
- Early Life and Career
- Demian Maia MMA
- Demian Maia UFC
- Demian Maia vs Chael Sonnen
- Demian Maia vs Anderson Silva
- Demian Maia vs Chris Weidman
- Demian Maia vs Rory MacDonald
- Demian Maia vs Jorge Masvidal
- Demian Maia vs Tyron Woodley
- Demian Maia vs Colby Covington
- Demian Maia vs Kamaru Usman
- Demian Maia Stats
- Demian Maia Record
- Demian Maia Wife
- Demian Maia Net Worth 2019
Early Life and Career
Maia started training in Judo at a very young age, and by the time he was a teenager, he trained in Karate and Kung Fu as well, following which he was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by his cousin. Maia went on to receive a black belt in BJJ.
Demian Maia MMA
Maia made his professional MMA debut On 21 September 2001 against Raul Sosa at Tormenta en el Ring in Venezuela. Maia took home the win, beating Sosa via TKO in the first round.
Demian Maia UFC
Maia announced his arrival to the UFC in style, submitting Ryan Jensen via a rear naked choke in the first round on his debut fight.
Move to welterweight
Maia made his debut at welterweight against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 148 where Maia won the bout via TKO in the first round after landing a take-down and laying some vicious ground and pound on Kim.
Demian Maia vs Chael Sonnen
Maia took on Chael Sonnen at UFC 95 in London, England on 21 February 2009. Maia forced Sonnen to tap out in the first round via a deadly triangle choke.
Demian Maia vs Anderson Silva
Maia came across the legendary Anderson Silva at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, UAE in a fight for the middleweight championship belt. In a closely contested encounter, which was at times criticized for being ‘boring’, Silva picked up the win via unanimous decision, managing to retain his title.
Demian Maia vs Chris Weidman
Maia went toe to toe against former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC on Fox 2 where Weidman beat Maia via unanimous decision. There was controversy surrounding this bout as it was initially scored as a split decision win for Weidman which was later changed to a unanimous decision, as clarified by Dana White, President of the UFC.
Demian Maia vs Rory MacDonald
At UFC 170 Maia and Rory MacDonald went head to head in a back and forth encounter where Maia lost via unanimous decision.
Demian Maia vs Jorge Masvidal
Maia and Jorge Masvidal met each other at UFC 211 in 2017 where Maia managed to take Masvidal to the ground and punish him with relentless ground and pound, taking the win via split decision.
Demian Maia vs Tyron Woodley
Maia was one a seven fight winning streak when he faced Tyron Woodley for the welterweight title at UFC 214. Maia ended up losing the bout via unanimous decision.
Demian Maia vs Colby Covington
Maia lost to Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington via unanimous decision on 28th October, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 119.
Demian Maia vs. Kamaru Usman
Maia was put up against reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC Fight Night 129 on 19th May 2018 where he ended up succumbiong to defeat via unanimous decision.
Demian Maia vs. Ben Askren
Maia faced Askren at UFC Fight Night 162 on 26th October 2019 in Singapore. In a battle between the two grapplers, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Maia came out on top, submitting 'Funky' via a rear naked choke in the third round.
Demian Maia Stats
Wins by KO/TKO:
Wins by Submission:
WIns by Decision:
- 72 in (180 cm)
- 170 lb / 77 kg
- Middleweight (2005-2011)
- Welterweight (2012-present)
Demian Maia Record
Below is the MMA and UFC professional record of Demian Maia:
|Win||27–9||Anthony Rocco Martin||Decision (majority)||UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos Santos||29 June 2019|
|Win||26–9||Lyman Good||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2||2 February 2019|
|Loss||25–9||Kamaru Usman ||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman||19 May 2018|
|Loss||25–8||Colby Covington||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida||28 October 2017|
|Loss||25–7||Tyron Woodley||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 214||29 July 2017|
|Win||25–6||Jorge Masvidal ||Decision (split)||UFC 211||13 May 2017|
|Win||24–6||Carlos Condit||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit||27 August 2016|
|Win||23–6||Matt Brown||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 198||14 May 2016|
|Win||22–6||Gunnar Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 194||12 December 2015|
|Win||21–6||Neil Magny||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 190||1 August 2015|
|Win||20–6||Ryan LaFlare ||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare ||21 March 2015|
|Win||19–6||Alexander Yakovlev||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado||31 May 2014|
|Loss||18–6||Rory MacDonald||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 170||22 February 2014|
|Loss||18–5||Jake Shields||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields||9 October 2013|
|Win||18–4||Jon Fitch||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 156||2 February 2013|
|Win||17–4||Rick Story||Submission (neck crank)||UFC 153||13 October 2012|
|Win||16–4||Dong Hyun Kim||TKO (muscle spasm)||UFC 148||7 July 2012|
|Loss||15–4||Chris Weidman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis||28 January 2012|
|Win||15–3||Jorge Santiago||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 136||8 October 2011|
|Loss||14–3||Mark Muñoz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 131||11 June 2011|
|Win||14–2||Kendall Grove||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale||4 December 2010|
|Win||13–2||Mario Miranda||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 118||28 August 2010|
|Loss||12–2||Anderson Silva||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 112||10 April 2010|
|Win||12–1||Dan Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 109||6 February 2010|
|Loss||11–1||Nate Marquardt||KO (punch)||UFC 102||29 August 2009|
|Win||11–0||Chael Sonnen ||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 95||21 February 2009|
|Win||10–0||Nate Quarry||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 91||15 November 2008|
|Win||9–0||Jason MacDonald||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 87||9 August 2008|
|Win||8–0||Ed Herman||Technical Submission (mounted triangle choke)||UFC 83||19 April 2008|
|Win||7–0||Ryan Jensen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 77||20 October 2007|
|Win||6–0||Ryan Stout||TKO (shoulder injury)||GFC: Evolution||19 May 2007|
|Win||5–0||Fabio Nascimento||Submission (guillotine choke)||Super Challenge 1||7 October 2006|
|Win||4–0||Gustavo Machado||Decision (unanimous)||Super Challenge 1||7 October 2006|
|Win||3–0||Vitelmo Bandeira||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Super Challenge 1||7 October 2006|
|Win||2–0||Łukasz Chlewicki||Submission (armbar)||The Cage Vol. 4 - Redemption||3 December 2005|
|Win||1–0||Raul Sosa||TKO (punches)||Tormenta en el Ring||21 September 2001|
Demian Maia Wife
Demian Maia is married to Renata, who works for a Brazilian Magazine.
Demian Maia Net Worth 2019
As of 2019, the net worth of the mixed martial artist Demian Maia is estimated to be $840 thousand.