Demian Maia (born 6 November 1977) is a Brazilian professional submission grappler and mixed martial artist. He currently fights as a Welterweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Maia is regarded as one of the greatest grapplers in MMA history. He has competed in two UFC title fights, losing against Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Championship in 2010 and losing against Tyron Woodley for the UFC Welterweight Championship in 2017. As of January 25, 2021, he is #8 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
6 November 1977
São Paulo, Brazil
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Reach||72 in (180 cm)|
|Team||Demian Maia Jiu-Jitsu|
|Rank||5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2001, 2005–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Maia trained in Judo as a child. He began at the age of four and trained until he was six. When he became a teenager, he also began studying Kung Fu and Karate. By age nineteen, Maia was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by his cousin. After four years and seven months, Demian received his black belt. Demian Maia finished college and graduated with a degree in Journalism. He is currently a fifth degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has won several major tournaments under Team Brasa. Maia has previously credited a three-hour private lesson he once took with Rickson Gracie as one of the moments that had the biggest impact on his approach to Jiu-Jitsu, and changed it entirely.
He won the 77–87 kg weight division at the 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, defeating Yushin Okami, Rafael Lovato, and Tarsis Humphres before armbarring Flavio Almeida in the finals. He also won the 2007 Super Challenge under 83 kg belt, defeating Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira by rear naked choke and Gustavo Machado by a judges decision before going on to defeat Fabio Negao by guillotine choke in the finals. On the heels of his ADCC Championship in 2007, Maia released an instructional DVD series titled The Science of Jiu Jitsu I & II in collaboration with the World Martial Arts company.
Maia's grappling prowess is so highly regarded among MMA fighters that noted heavyweight submission artist and fellow BJJ black belt Frank Mir hired him as his head jiu-jitsu coach prior to his UFC 100 title fight with Brock Lesnar. Mir credits Maia with bringing Mir's jiu-jitsu skills to different levels, saying "I thought I was actually good at it until I started rolling with him."
Maia has also defeated top-ranked UFC middleweight and multiple-time Mundial champion Ronaldo "Jacaré" Souza, as well as former UFC heavyweight title challenger and Mundial champion Gabriel Gonzaga twice in grappling competition.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
On 21 September 2001, fought against Raul Sosa at Tormenta en el Ring in Caracas, Venezuela. Maia defeated Sosa by TKO in just 48 seconds to win his MMA debut. After a four year layoff, he returned to submit Lukasz Chewlicki by armbar at The Cage Vol. 4 – Redemption. Maia next competed at Super Challenge 1, earning three victories in one night to be crowned the 2007 Super Challenge Champion in the under-83 kg division. In 2007, he competed in GFC – Evolution against Ryan Stout. Early in the first round, Stout's shoulder popped out of its socket after Maia reversing him into a mount, causing a stoppage due to injury.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
It was reported on 7 August 2007, that Maia had signed a contract with the UFC. He was originally matched against veteran Marvin Eastman, but Eastman pulled out due to eye surgery. Ryan Jensen, who trained with Team Quest, was named as his replacement. The preliminary bout took place on 20 October at UFC 77 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Maia won by rear naked choke in the first round and was awarded the Submission of the Night award, which paid him an extra $40,000.
Maia next fought TUF 3 finalist Ed Herman, another Team Quest fighter, at UFC 83 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 19 April 2008. Maia defeated Herman by technical submission due to a mounted triangle choke at 2:27 of the second round. He again earned Submission of the Night honors for the victory, which paid him $75,000.
Maia's third fight was at UFC 87 where he took on fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jason MacDonald. Both fighters entered the cage having won back-to-back Submission of the Night honors in the UFC. Maia went on to defeat MacDonald by rear naked choke at 2:44 of the third round, earning $60,000 for another Submission of the Night bonus. With this award he became the first UFC fighter to earn three consecutive Submissions of the Night awards. His four consecutive dominating submissions in the UFC have quickly brought his skills to the forefront as possibly being the best pure grappler in the UFC.
Instead, Maia would take on WEC standout and future UFC middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen in London, England at UFC 95 on 21 February 2009. During the match, Maia tossed Sonnen over his head using a lateral drop takedown, taking Sonnen to the ground, where Maia immediately achieved mount. Maia then transitioned to a triangle choke, forcing Sonnen to tap at 2:24 of the first round. Maia's next opponent was former title contender Nate Marquardt at UFC 102 on 29 August. During an exchange of strikes, Maia was knocked out by a straight right hand from Marquardt 21 seconds into the fight, resulting in his first career loss.
Middleweight Championship fightEdit
After Vitor Belfort had to pull out of his upcoming match with UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva at UFC 112 due to a shoulder injury suffered in training, Maia was selected to fill the spot and take Silva on for the belt in what would be the UFC's first ever open-air event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
In the first two rounds, Silva appeared to mock his opponent, while also executing quick, precise striking. In the third round, however, Silva's tempo seemed to change and looked to Maia to be the aggressor of the fight while he largely circled and taunted his opponent. In the fifth round, Silva's lack of action prompted referee Dan Miragliotta to warn Silva for his conduct and the crowd began to side with Maia. After 5 rounds, Silva was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Silva was criticised for his performance, with Dana White saying that it was the most embarrassed he has ever been since becoming UFC president. Midway through the fourth round, White walked away and gave the championship belt to Silva's manager, Ed Soares, as he was so annoyed that he did not want to place the belt around Silva's waist personally. It was also claimed that Silva verbally insulted Maia during the fight.
Post Title FightEdit
Maia was then expected to fight Alan Belcher on 15 September 2010, at UFC Fight Night 22. However, on 1 August 2010, Belcher withdrew from the fight after undergoing emergency eye surgery for a detached retina. Belcher stated on his Twitter account that he started to lose the vision in his right eye while in Brazil. As a result, Maia was also pulled from the event and faced Mario Miranda on 28 August 2010, at UFC 118. Maia defeated Mario Miranda via unanimous decision.
Maia was expected to face Michael Bisping on 28 January 2012, at UFC on Fox 2. However, Bisping replaced an injured Mark Muñoz on the same card against Chael Sonnen, while Maia faced undefeated Chris Weidman at the event. Weidman defeated Maia via unanimous decision. The fight was initially announced as a split decision but the judges actually scored it as a unanimous decision, clarified by UFC President Dana White in a tweet.
Drop to welterweightEdit
After deciding to drop to the 170 pound division, Maia faced Dong Hyun Kim in a welterweight bout on 7 July 2012, at UFC 148. The bout was stopped in forty-seven seconds by referee Mario Yamasaki, after Maia took Kim down and finished him with strikes from the mounted position. UFC commentator Joe Rogan said that Kim had broken a rib, but it was later revealed that he suffered a major muscle spasm.
Maia next faced Jon Fitch on 2 February 2013, at UFC 156. He dominated the former title challenger for all three rounds, earning a lopsided unanimous decision victory with all three judges scoring the fight 30–27. Maia credited B.J. Penn and his gameplan against Fitch at UFC 127, which Maia admitted he emulated to earn his victory.
For his fourth fight at welterweight, Maia faced Jake Shields on 9 October 2013, at UFC Fight Night 29. As expected, the contest between the two decorated jiu-jitsu practitioners took place mostly on the ground with Maia losing a split decision.
Maia faced Rory MacDonald at UFC 170 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 22 February 2014. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Despite the loss, the bout won Maia his first Fight of the Night bonus award.
Maia was expected to face Mike Pierce on 31 May 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale. However Pierce had to pull out of the fight due to a broken hand. Pierce was replaced by UFC newcomer Alexander Yakovlev. Maia won the fight via unanimous decision.
Maia was expected to face Mike Pyle on 23 August 2014, at UFC Fight Night 49. However he later came down with a staph infection and was forced to pull out of the bout. It was later revealed that Maia's infection had spread to the bone leading to osteomyelitis in his right clavicle.
Maia was briefly linked to a fight with Gunnar Nelson on 24 October 2015, at UFC Fight Night 76, but the bout did not materialize for that event as Maia was sidelined with a staph infection on his left leg. The bout eventually took place on 12 December 2015, at UFC 194. Maia won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision (30–26, 30–25, and 30–25).
Welterweight Title Fight and beyondEdit
After amassing a seven-fight win streak at welterweight, Maia faced Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on 29 July 2017, in the co-main event at UFC 214. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Maia faced Lyman Good on 2 February 2019 at UFC Fight Night 144. He won the fight via a standing rear-naked choke submission in the first round, becoming the first person to finish Good in his MMA career.
Maia's fighting style is built around his exceptional abilities on the ground, where he has been able to dominate his opponents. Maia has been called the best ground-fighter in the UFC on multiple occasions. Maia uses double and single leg takedowns as well as trips to advance to a dominant position and soften his opponent up with ground and pound, waiting for an opening for a submission. On the ground, Maia prefers to take the back mount, where he will look for a rear-naked choke. In bottom position, Maia uses single legs to sweep almost exclusively, and was able to sweep Gunnar Nelson repeatedly with his single leg. Maia is also confident enough in his striking to close the distance and initiate takedowns. To date, Maia has never been submitted in an MMA bout.
Maia's mother is of Russian ancestry. He has a wife named Renata, who works for a Brazilian magazine. Maia listed UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie as his inspiration to begin an MMA career, but lists Royce's brother Rickson Gracie as his primary hero. Maia speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu lineageEdit
Championships and achievementsEdit
- ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
- Pan American Championships
- CBJJ World Championships
- 2001 Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 2nd Place
- 2000 Purple Belt Medio-Pesado: 1st Place
- 1999 Blue Belt Medio: 2nd Place
- CBJJ Brazilian Championships
- 2006 Black Belt Absolute: 2nd Place & Black Belt Meio-Pesado: 3rd Place
- 2002 Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 3rd Place
- 2001 Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 1st Place & Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 3rd Place
- CBJJ Brazilian Team Championships
- 2003 Brown/Black Pesada: Master, 1st Place
- 2002 Brown/Black Pesada: Alliance, 2nd Place
- 2001 Brown/Black Pesada: Alliance, 1st Place
- 2000 Purple Belt Pesada: Alliance, 1st Place
- CBJJO Copa Del Mundo (World Cup)
- 2005 −85 kg Black Belt: 1st Place
- 2003 Black Belt Meio-Pesado: 3rd Place & Black Belt Absolute: 1st Place
- 2002 Black Belt Meio-Pesado: 1st Place & Black Belt Absolute: 2nd Place
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Rory MacDonald and Ben Askren 
- Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. Neil Magny and Carlos Condit
- Submission of the Night (Four times) vs. Ryan Jensen, Ed Herman, Jason MacDonald and Chael Sonnen
- Tied (with Thales Leites, Rousimar Palhares and Antônio Carlos Júnior) for most submission victories in UFC Middleweight history (five)
- Super Challenge
- Super Challenge Tournament 182.6 lbs/83 kg (Winner)
- FIGHT! Magazine
- Newcomer of the Year (2008)
- 2015 Comeback Fighter of the Year
- World MMA Awards
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|38 matches||28 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||28–10||Gilbert Burns||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Lee vs. Oliveira||14 March 2020||1||2:34||Brasília, Brazil|
|Win||28–9||Ben Askren||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren||26 October 2019||3||3:54||Kallang, Singapore||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||27–9||Anthony Rocco Martin||Decision (majority)||UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos Santos||29 June 2019||3||5:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||26–9||Lyman Good||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2||2 February 2019||1||2:38||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Loss||25–9||Kamaru Usman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman||19 May 2018||5||5:00||Santiago, Chile|
|Loss||25–8||Colby Covington||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida||28 October 2017||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||25–7||Tyron Woodley||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 214||29 July 2017||5||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States||For the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||25–6||Jorge Masvidal||Decision (split)||UFC 211||13 May 2017||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States||UFC Welterweight title eliminator.|
|Win||24–6||Carlos Condit||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit||27 August 2016||1||1:52||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||23–6||Matt Brown||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 198||14 May 2016||3||4:31||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||22–6||Gunnar Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 194||12 December 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–6||Neil Magny||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 190||1 August 2015||2||2:52||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||20–6||Ryan LaFlare||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare||21 March 2015||5||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||19–6||Alexander Yakovlev||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado||31 May 2014||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||18–6||Rory MacDonald||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 170||22 February 2014||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||18–5||Jake Shields||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields||9 October 2013||5||5:00||Barueri, Brazil|
|Win||18–4||Jon Fitch||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 156||2 February 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17–4||Rick Story||Submission (neck crank)||UFC 153||13 October 2012||1||2:30||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||16–4||Dong Hyun Kim||TKO (rib injury)||UFC 148||7 July 2012||1||0:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Welterweight debut.|
|Loss||15–4||Chris Weidman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis||28 January 2012||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||15–3||Jorge Santiago||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 136||8 October 2011||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||14–3||Mark Muñoz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 131||11 June 2011||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||14–2||Kendall Grove||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale||4 December 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–2||Mario Miranda||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 118||28 August 2010||3||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||12–2||Anderson Silva||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 112||10 April 2010||5||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||For the UFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||12–1||Dan Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 109||6 February 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–1||Nate Marquardt||KO (punch)||UFC 102||29 August 2009||1||0:21||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||11–0||Chael Sonnen||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 95||21 February 2009||1||2:37||London, England||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||10–0||Nate Quarry||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 91||15 November 2008||1||2:13||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–0||Jason MacDonald||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 87||9 August 2008||3||2:44||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||8–0||Ed Herman||Technical Submission (mounted triangle choke)||UFC 83||19 April 2008||2||2:27||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||7–0||Ryan Jensen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 77||20 October 2007||1||2:40||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||6–0||Ryan Stout||TKO (shoulder injury)||GFC: Evolution||19 May 2007||1||1:54||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||5–0||Fabio Nascimento||Submission (guillotine choke)||Super Challenge 1||7 October 2006||1||0:35||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Won the Super Challenge (83 kg) Tournament.|
|Win||4–0||Gustavo Machado||Decision (unanimous)||2||5:00|
|Win||3–0||Vitelmo Bandeira||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||3:30|
|Win||2–0||Łukasz Chlewicki||Submission (armbar)||The Cage Vol. 4 - Redemption||3 December 2005||1||4:22||Helsinki, Finland|
|Win||1–0||Raul Sosa||TKO (punches)||Tormenta en el Ring||21 September 2001||1||0:48||Caracas, Venezuela|
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Miocic vs. Maldonado". UFC.com. Archived from the original on 3 January 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- "Login • Instagram". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
- "ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship 2007 • ADCC NEWS". adcombat.com. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
- "ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship 2005 • ADCC NEWS". adcombat.com. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
- Garcia, Raphael (19 October 2016). "Maia, Dern & the reemergence of dominating grappling". Bloody Elbow.
- "Rankings | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
- "Biography – Demian Maia Jiu Jitsu". Demianmaia.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "Demian Maia UFC Bio". UFC.com. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "Frank Mir Thought He Was Good At Jiu-Jitsu Until He Rolled With Demian Maia". MMAConvert.com. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
- Jack Slack (1 October 2013). "Demian Maia and the Beauty of Jiu-Jitsu". Bleacher Report.
- "Demian Maia vs Gabriel Gonzaga". YouTube. Retrieved 30 April 2007.
- "Demian Maia vs Gabriel Gonzaga". YouTube.
- Scott White (19 May 2007). "GFC: Evolution Live Blog". MMA on Tap. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- Stupp, Dann (7 August 2007). "Report: UFC Signs Middleweight ADCC Champ Demian Maia". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- Stupp, Dann (18 September 2007). "Eye Surgery Forces Marvin Eastman out of UFC 77". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2 August 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- Stupp, Dann (20 April 2008). "Goulet, Hironaka, MacDonald and Maia earn UFC 83 bonuses". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "UFC 87 'Seek and Destroy' Play by Play". Sherdog.com. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "UFC 87 bonuses: St. Pierre, Fitch, Maia and Emerson earn $60,000 each (MMAJunkie.com)". Ballhype.com. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "91 Preview Articles: Florian/Stevenson, Maia/Quarry, Gonzaga/Hendricks". Forums.mmanews.com. 13 November 2008. Archived from the original on 17 August 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "Demian Maia – Best Pure Grappler in the UFC?". theufcresults.com. 16 November 2008. Archived from the original (Blg post) on 19 December 2008.
- "Florian Destroys Stevenson, Secures Title Shot; Hazelett Subs McCrory at UFC 91". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "UFC 95 Play-by-Play". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- "Middleweights Demian Maia and Dan Miller targeted for UFC 109 contest in February". mmajunkie.com. 16 October 2009. Archived from the original on 19 October 2009.
- AOL. "Sports News & latest headlines from AOL". AOL.com.
- Morgan, John (10 April 2010). "UFC 112 recap: Anderson Silva keeps belt, loses fans; Frankie Edgar scores massive upset". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 15 September 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "UFC President Dana White Embarrassed by..." Sports.gather.com. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- Morgan, John (11 April 2010). "Dana White "embarrassed" [sic] with UFC 112 main event, promises to "make it up" to fans". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "Anderson facing backlash from Brazilian fans for Maia slurs (updated)". Fighters Only Magazine. Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "Alan Belcher vs. Demian Maia Targeted for UFN 22". mmafighting.cofuckers.
- "Alan Belcher out of UFC Fight Night 22 main event with detached retina". mmajunkie.com. 1 August 2010.
- "Demian Maia Off UFN 22; Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares New Main Event". mmafighting.com. 3 August 2010.
- "Demian Maia vs. Mario Miranda on tap for UFC 118 in August". mmajunkie.com. 3 August 2010.
- "DEMIAN MAIA VS. KENDALL GROVE AT TUF 12 FINALE". MMAWeekly.com. 8 September 2010.
- "UFC 131: Mark Munoz vs Demian Maia in the works for June 11 in Vancouver". mmamania.com. 12 March 2011.
- "Demian Maia meets Jorge Santiago at UFC 136". mmajunkie.com. 15 July 2011.
- "Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia added to UFC on FOX 2". mmajunkie.com. 7 December 2011. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012.
- Knapp, Brian (28 January 2012). "Evans Clinches Title Shot, Routs Davis at UFC on Fox 2". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
- White, Dana (28 January 2012). "The score on the Maia vs Weidman fight was wrong. It wasn't a split dec, Weidman won all 3 rounds".
- "UFC 148 adds welterweights Maia vs. Kim". mmajunkie.com. 21 March 2012. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012.
- "UFC 148 RESULTS: LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY & UPDATES". Sherdog.com. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Burke, Tim (9 July 2012). "UFC 148: Dong Hyun Kim Suffered Muscle Spasm, Not Broken Rib". BllodyElbow.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- "Rick Story says he's fighting Demian Maia at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro". mmajunkie.com. 31 July 2012.
- "Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia added to February's UFC 156 event". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 18 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "UFC 156 Post Fight Interview: Demian Maia Credits BJ Penn For Strategy To Beat Fitch".
- Ariel Helwani (30 April 2013). "Demian Maia vs. Josh Koscheck targeted for UFC 163 in August". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- Staff (12 July 2013). "Josh Koscheck injured, out of UFC 163 fight with Demian Maia in Rio". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Guilherme Cruz (12 August 2013). "Jake Shields, Demian Maia have agreed to fight at UFC Fight Night 29". mmafighting.com.
- Dann Stupp (9 October 2013). "Shields upsets Maia by split decision in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
- Keith Grienke (6 December 2013). "Rory MacDonald Faces Demian Maia At UFC 170". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
- Brent Brookhouse (23 February 2014). "UFC 170 bonuses: Rousey, Maia, MacDonald and Thompson each take home $50,000". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
- Thomas Myers (26 March 2014). "Ultimate Fighter (TUF): 'Brazil 3' Finale fight card to feature Demian Maia vs Mike Pierce". mmamania.com. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "Broken hand forces Mike Pierce out of May fight with Demian Maia, who awaits new foe". MMAjunkie.com. 7 April 2014.
- Staff (7 April 2014). "Replacement Alexander Yakovlev meets Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 42". MMAjunkie.com.
- Staff (2 July 2014). "UFC Fight Night 49 adds Demian Maia vs. Mike Pyle". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- Tristen Critchfield (6 August 2014). "Maia Injured, Mike Pyle Now Faces Jordan Mein in UFC Fight Night Tulsa Co-Headliner". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- Chuck Mindenhall (27 August 2014). "Demian Maia sidelined with bone infection in shoulder, will be reassessed in five to six weeks". mmaFighting.com. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- Guilherme Cruz (22 January 2015). "Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare verbally agreed for UFC Fight Night 62 in Brazil". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
- Thomas Myers (22 March 2015). "UFC Fight Night 62 results: Demian Maia grinds, smothers Ryan LaFlare for 25 torturous minutes". mmamania.com. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- Ben Fowlkes (1 August 2015). "UFC 190 results: Demian Maia's jiu-jitsu snaps Neil Magny's seven-fight streak". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- Tristen Critchfield (2 August 2015). "UFC 190 Bonuses: Rousey, 'Shogun,' 'Minotoro,' Maia earn $50K awards". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- Chuck Mindenhall (13 August 2015). "Demian Maia suffers nasty staph infection on his leg, prevents him from fighting Gunnar Nelson". mmafighting.com.
- Staff (4 September 2015). "Yet another UFC 194 biggie: Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- Matt Erickson (12 December 2015). "UFC 194 results: Demian Maia dominates Gunnar Nelson, calls for 170 title shot". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- Staff (25 January 2016). "Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia scrap added to May's UFC 198 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- Ben Fowlkes (14 May 2016). "UFC 198 results: Demian Maia grinds down, taps out Matt Brown late in fight". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
- Brian Knapp (27 August 2016). "Quick Demian Maia rear-naked choke stuns Carlos Condit in UFC on Fox 21 headliner". sherdog.com. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
- "UFC 211 results: Demian Maia takes split from Jorge Masvidal, earns title shot with Tyron Woodley". MMAjunkie. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
- Mike Bohn (28 June 2017). "Tyron Woodley to defend title vs. Demian Maia at UFC 214". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "UFC 214 results: Tyron Woodley stymies Demian Maia to retain welterweight title". MMAjunkie. 30 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- Guilherme Cruz (22 August 2017). "Demian Maia vs. Colby Covington added to UFC Fight Night 119". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- "UFC Sao Paulo results: Colby Covington prevails against bloodied, exhausted Demian Maia". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- Raphael Marinho (26 April 2018). "Ultimate announces Demian Maia as substitute for Ponzinibbio at UFC Chile" (in Portuguese). sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
- "UFC Fight Night 129 results: Kamaru Usman denies Demian Maia takedowns, cruises to decision win". MMAjunkie. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- Guilherme Cruz (29 November 2018). "Six fights added to UFC Fortaleza, including Demian Maia vs. Lyman Good". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
- "UFC Fortaleza results: Demian Maia does what Demian Maia does, taps out Lyman Good". MMAjunkie. 3 February 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- Jose Youngs (25 April 2018). "Demian Maia vs. Anthony Rocco Martin in the works for UFC Minneapolis". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
- Evanoff, Josh (29 June 2019). "UFC Minneapolis Results: Demian Maia Defeats Rocco Martin". Cageside Press. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
- DNA, MMA. "Demian Maia vs. Ben Askren is het Main Event van UFC Singapore". Retrieved 26 August 2019.
- Harshman, Heath (26 October 2019). "UFC Singapore Results: Demian Maia Finishes Ben Askren with Third-Round Submission". Cageside Press. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
- Hiergesell, Dan (26 October 2019). "Singapore Bonuses! Gane's Heel Hook Finish Leads $50K Winners". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
- Cole, Ross (5 January 2020). "Demian Maia To Fight Gilbert Burns At UFC Fight Night 170". MMA Insight. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
- Gibbons, Justin (14 March 2020). "UFC Brasilia Results: Gilbert Burns Knocks Out Maia, Calls Out Covington". Cageside Press. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
- Damon Martin and Mike Heck. "Demian Maia to face Belal Muhammad at UFC 263". MMA FIGHTING. Retrieved 4 April 2021.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- Rezende, Lucas (12 March 2020). "'It's very possible' I'll submit Demian Maia, says UFC Brasilia's Gilbert Burns". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
- Сергей Наумов (9 July 2012). "Русские корни Дэмиана Майи" – via YouTube.
- "Maia remains a well-known mystery". Sports.yahoo.com. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
- "Demian Maia". Fighters.mmaanalytics.com. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- Marcelo Alonso (17 November 2020). "UFC Veteran Demian Maia Opens Museum, Academy in Sao Paulo". sherdog.com.
- Mike Bohn (11 September 2019). "UFC on ESPN+ 16 pre-event facts: Donald Cerrone, Justin Gaethje own epic numbers". mmajunkie.com.
- "2008 FIGHT! Awards". FIGHT! Magazine. 11 May 2008. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- Staff (5 March 2014). "MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for February 2014". mmajunkie.com.
- Acosta, Danny (26 December 2015). "Sherdog.com's 2015 Comeback Fighter of the Year". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
- "Amanda Nunes, Israel Adesanya, Jorge Masvidal pace major winners at World MMA Awards". MMAjunkie.com. 27 December 2020.
- Sherdog.com. "Demian Maia MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 26 October 2019.