Demian Maia

Demian Maia

Full NameDemian Augusto Maia Baptista

BornNovember 6, 1977

Height6 ft 1 in


RoleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Relation(s)Renata (wife)


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.

  1. Early Life and Career
  2. Demian Maia MMA
  3. Demian Maia UFC
  4. Demian Maia vs Chael Sonnen
  5. Demian Maia vs Anderson Silva
  6. Demian Maia vs Chris Weidman
  7. Demian Maia vs Rory MacDonald
  8. Demian Maia vs Jorge Masvidal
  9. Demian Maia vs Tyron Woodley
  10. Demian Maia vs Colby Covington
  11. Demian Maia vs Kamaru Usman
  12. Demian Maia Stats
  13. Demian Maia Record
  14. Demian Maia Wife
  15. 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:

  1. 3

Wins by Submission:

  1. 14

WIns by Decision:

  1. 11


  1. 72 in (180 cm)


  1. 170 lb / 77 kg

Weight Class:

  1. Middleweight (2005-2011)
  2. Welterweight (2012-present)

Demian Maia Record

Below is the MMA and UFC professional record of Demian Maia:

Win27–9Anthony Rocco MartinDecision (majority)UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos Santos29 June 2019
Win26–9Lyman GoodSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 22 February 2019
Loss25–9Kamaru Usman Decision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman19 May 2018
Loss25–8Colby CovingtonDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida28 October 2017
Loss25–7Tyron WoodleyDecision (unanimous)UFC 21429 July 2017
Win25–6Jorge Masvidal Decision (split)UFC 21113 May 2017
Win24–6Carlos ConditSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit27 August 2016
Win23–6Matt BrownSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 19814 May 2016
Win22–6Gunnar NelsonDecision (unanimous)UFC 19412 December 2015
Win21–6Neil MagnySubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 1901 August 2015
Win20–6Ryan LaFlare Decision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare 21 March 2015
Win19–6Alexander YakovlevDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado31 May 2014
Loss18–6Rory MacDonaldDecision (unanimous)UFC 17022 February 2014
Loss18–5Jake ShieldsDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields9 October 2013
Win18–4Jon FitchDecision (unanimous)UFC 1562 February 2013
Win17–4Rick StorySubmission (neck crank)UFC 15313 October 2012
Win16–4Dong Hyun KimTKO (muscle spasm)UFC 1487 July 2012
Loss15–4Chris WeidmanDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis28 January 2012
Win15–3Jorge SantiagoDecision (unanimous)UFC 1368 October 2011
Loss14–3Mark MuñozDecision (unanimous)UFC 13111 June 2011
Win14–2Kendall GroveDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale4 December 2010
Win13–2Mario MirandaDecision (unanimous)UFC 11828 August 2010
Loss12–2Anderson SilvaDecision (unanimous)UFC 11210 April 2010
Win12–1Dan MillerDecision (unanimous)UFC 1096 February 2010
Loss11–1Nate MarquardtKO (punch)UFC 10229 August 2009
Win11–0Chael Sonnen Submission (triangle choke)UFC 9521 February 2009
Win10–0Nate QuarrySubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 9115 November 2008
Win9–0Jason MacDonaldSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 879 August 2008
Win8–0Ed HermanTechnical Submission (mounted triangle choke)UFC 8319 April 2008
Win7–0Ryan JensenSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 7720 October 2007
Win6–0Ryan StoutTKO (shoulder injury)GFC: Evolution19 May 2007
Win5–0Fabio NascimentoSubmission (guillotine choke)Super Challenge 17 October 2006
Win4–0Gustavo MachadoDecision (unanimous)Super Challenge 17 October 2006
Win3–0Vitelmo BandeiraSubmission (rear-naked choke)Super Challenge 17 October 2006
Win2–0Łukasz ChlewickiSubmission (armbar)The Cage Vol. 4 - Redemption3 December 2005
Win1–0Raul SosaTKO (punches)Tormenta en el Ring21 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.

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