Friday, October 23, 2020

Demian Maia: ‘I Cleaned my Mind’ After Accepting UFC 211 Fight

Demian Maia knows a welterweight title shot has eluded him, but he doesn’t want to dwell on it.

Maia will return to action this Saturday night (May 13) inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Sharing the Octagon with him will be Jorge Masvidal. The two are set to do battle as part of the main card of UFC 211.

MMAJunkie.com recently caught up with Maia. The third ranked welterweight said his only focus is on finding a way to defeat Masvidal:

“Of course I want to fight for the title first, but once we signed for the fight, I cleaned my mind. I said, ‘Let’s go and do what I love, which is fighting.’ I’m very blessed to do that, to do what I love and to go every day to the gym and make my living with that. That’s it.”

As far as “Gamebred” goes, Maia views his UFC 211 opponent as a chill guy. He said he doesn’t mind a bit of trash talk either.

“I think I just shook his hand today and he’s a cool guy. He’s just trying to promote the fight in his way which is good. I think everyone has his own way. I have my own way, he has his own way, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

Trending Articles

Latest MMA News

Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev Set to Headline Dec. 19 Event

Khamzat Chimaev finally has his next opponent in what will be a massive leap in competition for him in Leon "Rocky" Edwards....

UFC Looking At Tony Ferguson vs Michael Chandler To Determine Top LW Contender

UFC President Dana White is looking at the idea of booking Tony Ferguson vs Michael Chandler with the winner being the next...

Leon Edwards Responds To Being Removed From Rankings, Calls Out Chimaev

Leon Edwards was officially removed from the UFC rankings due to inactivity yesterday. He had been ranked #3 in the welterweight division....

UFC 254 Predictions: Khabib vs. Gaethje

UFC 254 is finally upon us. Fortunately for us all, we will have to wait less than usual for this pay-per-view to...

UFC 254 Weigh-In Results: Khabib/Gaethje Showdown Official

The UFC 254 weigh-ins are complete, and the main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje is official! Also...

Jonathan Martinez Hopes Thomas Almeida Win Gets Him Credit He Deserves, Calls For Luke Sanders Fight

Jonathan Martinez immediately jumped at the chance to fight Thomas Almeida. At UFC Fight Island 6, Martinez stepped up...

Walt Harris Admits He’s In A Better Place Emotionally Ahead Of UFC 254 Fight Compared To May Return

Walt Harris knows he's emotionally ready to fight again compared to when he fought in May. In May, Harris...

Marlon Moraes Gets Quick Return, Set To Take On Rob Font In December

Despite losing to Cory Sandhagen, Marlon Moraes wanted to get a quick turnaround and he got his wish. Moraes...