UFC 109 Quick Bio: Demian Maia

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Few fighters are as dangerous on the ground as Demian Maia (11-1).

Quite possibly the best pure grappler in the UFC, Maia has proven that the only way to battle the 2nd degree black belt is to keeping the fight standing for as long as possible. Otherwise, a stretched out limb or a sudden loss of oxygen to the brain is imminent at the hands of the fighter from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Maia’s martial arts training began with Judo at the tender age of four. After spending a majority of his teenage years practicing Kung Fu and Karate, the Brazilian would find his calling as he mastered the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and earned a black belt in a mere four years and seven months – a record time in Brazil.

The Wand Fight Team member’s accolades are intimidating to even the most accomplished MMA fighter. The 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Champion, 2006 Pan American Champion and 5x world Jiu-Jitsu champion are just a few of the accomplishments that Maia has earned before he even set foot into the Octagon.

The brilliance of Maia’s ground game is as breathtaking to watch as it is treacherous to those caught in his clutches. His 12 MMA victories – seven of which have come in the first round – have ended with a dazzling assortment of submission finishes that have earned him four UFC “Submission of the Night” honors. Whether it is his sudden triangle choke finish of Chael Sonnen or his methodical rear naked choke victory over Jason MacDonald in an exhilarating battle of submission specialists, Maia has constantly impressed with his arguably flawless Jiu-Jitsu.

With a Middleweight division hit list that includes the likes of Ed Herman, Nate Quarry and the aforementioned Sonnen and MacDonald, he has quickly become one of the stars of the UFC’s middelweight division.

Maia’s only blemish during his mixed martial arts campaign came back in August at the hands of title contender and former King of Pancrase Nate Marquardt. While the knockout loss may have been devastating at the time, most believe a focused, even more dangerous Maia will be back and perform better than ever. The Brazilian will put that theory to the test when he steps into the Octagon with Dan Miller at UFC 109 on Feburary 6.

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