Table of Contents
- 1. Demian Maia Details
- 2. Demian Maia’s Biography
- 2.1. Early Years Life
- 2.2. Entering the World Of Martial Arts
- 2.3. Devotion to Jiu Jitsu
- 2.4. Entry in MMA
- 2.5. A First Loss and Ties
- 2.6. Pro BJJ Combat
- 2.7. Winning the ADCC Bronze
- 2.8. A New Beginning
- 2.9. Received BJJ Black Belt
- 2.10. Demian Maia’s Wins and Loses in BJJ
- 2.11. Pro MMA Combat
- 3. Historic Fights
- 4. BJJ Instructorship
- 5. Championships and Accomplishments
- 5.1. National
- 5.2. International
- 5.3. Mixed Martial Arts
- 5.4. Main achievements ( Jiu-Jitsu)
- 5.5. Main achievements ( MMA)
- 6. Demian Maia BJJ Professional Record Breakdown
- 7. Demian Maia BJJ Fight History
- 8. Demian Maia MMA Professional Record Breakdown
- 9. Demian Maia MMA Fight History
- 10. Demian Maia Top Fights Links
1. Demian Maia Details
|Name||Demian Augusto Maia Baptista|
|Born||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Date of Birth||6 November 1977|
|Last Fight||Spyder RTBB 2023|
|Last Weigh In||170.5 lbs|
|Weight Class||BJJ - Médio (Middleweight) 82 Kg-181 Lbs
MMA – Middleweight & Welterweight
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|Height||6.1 ft (186 cm)|
|Career Disclosed Earnings||N/A|
|Fighting out of||Brazil|
|Foundational style||Judo, Karate, Kung-Fu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Rank||5th degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Awarded By||Master Fabio Gurgel|
|Head Coach||Master Fabio Gurgel|
|Lineage||Mitsuyo "Count Koma" Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Helio Gracie → Rolls Gracie → Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti → Fabio Gurgel → Demian Maia|
|Team/Association||Brasa Clube de Jiu-Jitsu|
2. Demian Maia’s Biography
Demian Maia is a Brazilian fighter recognized as a leading MMA fighter and Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. He is a five times Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion. Being inspired by Royce and Rickson Gracies, he decided to start practicing Jiu-Jitsu as the foundation for his martial arts career. He was proficient enough in executing judo, karate, and kung fu techniques. Maia’s MMA debut fight is still one of his best victories in the MMA world where he finished the match in just 48 seconds with a technical knockout.
2.1. Early Years Life
Demian Maia is a Brazilian who was born on 6th November 1977 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His full name is Demian Augusto Maia Baptista and his father's name is Guto Maia. His mother belongs to Russia. Demian and his younger brother were very active in their childhood. He shared in one of his interviews that:
"I started training judo when I was 5 years old. I didn't know much. My mom just took me and my brother to do some judo because we were very energetic. We did that for a couple of years. I don't know why we stopped, but I came back to try other forms of martial arts like Kung Fu and karate when I was 12 and never stopped.”
2.2. Entering the World Of Martial Arts
His martial arts journey moved further when he reached the age of 19. After completing his graduation in journalism, Demian started learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
"I switched from kung fu to Jiu-Jitsu [at 19 years old] because I was watching some fights and the Jiu-Jitsu guys were winning everything. I said to myself, 'I want to do that.' It wanted to become a Brazilian martial artist, so the culture was bigger here [in São Paulo] than a traditional martial art from the East. As soon as I started, I fell in love with jiu-jitsu.”
2.3. Devotion to Jiu-Jitsu
Demian started his BJJ training at Fabio Araujos Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. It was an honor for Fabio to train under Carlson Gracie and earn the Brown Belt rank.
"The first month, I was training once a day, but then after a couple of months, I started training at least twice a day. Sometimes I was also lifting weights, which I never did before. I was living jiu-jitsu.”
2.4. Entry in MMA
Demian's debut fight in the “Tormenta Del Ring” tournament in Venezuela with Rail Sosa turned into a victory in 48 seconds with TKO.
"I had my first professional fight in 2001 in Venezuela -- it was also my first international trip away from Brazil. It was a great experience. Then in 2005, I went to Finland and won. The next year there was a tournament in Brazil with three fights in one night. I was the underdog and won all three fights.”
In 2007, Demian fought and won some fights in Ohio. After the cancellation of the deal with K-1, Demian signed a contract with UFC. He nailed Ryan Jensen of Team Quest with a Rear Naked Choke and forced Ed Herman and Jason MacDonald to submission in the later fights.
2.5. A First Loss and Ties
Demian experienced his first career loss in 2009 while striking and grappling with his opponent Nate Marquardt.
In 2010, Demian defeated Dan Miller and Kendall Grove through unanimous decisions. In 2011, losing a 15-minute battle with Mark Munoz was a big surprise for everyone.
Then later in 2011, Damian defeated Jorge Satiago by unanimous decision. Santiago was highly skilled in Jiu-Jitsu but was defeated. On the other side, Santiago had more success while standing and striking.
After that, Demian decided to drop to the welterweight division of 170 pounds. Then he earned a series of wins against renowned fighters.
On Oct 12, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, the remarkable fight against Rick Story was worth mentioning. Maia’s Rear Naked Choke was lethal.
In 2013, he lost the fight against Jake Shields. Then in 2014, Demian was defeated by Rory MacDonald by a unanimous decision but won the Fight of the Night Award.
Moving forward, in 2015 and 2016, Demian secured a number of wins against highly skilled fighters like Matt Brown and Carlos Condit.
Damian won against Masvidal in 2017 and then was set back by Tyron Woodley in 2017.
2.6. Pro BJJ Combat
Demian took a keen interest in Jiu-Jitsu during his college days. He practiced BJJ three times a day while studying journalism. Training under brown belt Fabio Araujo motivated Demian to excel his skills in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Before achieving the black belt, Demian achieved the title of world champion in 2000 with a Purple Belt ranking and then in 2001 with Brown Belt. From 2002 to 2005 he consecutively won the championships.
As a Purple Belt, Demian became a World Champion in 2000. In 2001, Demian won a Brown Belt Championship. Demian did not break his streak and went on claiming the World Champion title till 2005. Demian Maia nearly took five years, precisely four years and seven months, to achieve his BJJ black belt, which was a record in itself in Jiu-Jitsu history.
2.7. Winning the ADCC Bronze
Demians Maia’s life changed when he decided to compete in ADCC. That was the turning
point of his career. Fighting under the 88 kg weight division was the second attempt after previously losing a match to Ronaldo Jacare.
In the first match, Demian easily defeated the grappler Yushin Okami by pulling a guard.
Second match was a real tough one against Rafael Lovato Jr. He was highly skilled BJJ fighter, but Demian was successful in defeating Rafael.
2.8. A New Beginning
At the 2007 ADCC semifinals, Demian was scheduled to fight against Tarsis Humphreys. Demian and Tarsis were friends for a very long time which is why the match was a little tough for both guys. Demian started the match with a slow pace but in the end won the fight via points.
After winning the semifinals, Demian went into the finals with the aim to become ADCC World Champion. His final match was with Flavio Almeida who is himself an accomplished grappler. He is famous for defeating professional grapplers such as Romulo Barral, Sauli Helimo and Rick Macauley.
Demian is famous for his slow defensive game, carried the same style throughout the fight and won the fight via an Armbar submission. Demian’s guards were the most spectacular technique in the fight that made the whole audience gaze with admiration. He then became the ADCC World Champion. His perfect balance between guards and sweeps was the most fascinating part of the fight.
The next match with Tarsis Humphreys was a challenge. Tarsis was an old friend of Demian. Demian with mixed feelings followed the slow pace strategy, misunderstood by the opponent and finally, Demian’s victory was announced.
Now, for Demian, everything was going fine. This time in the finals, his opponent was Flavio Almeida who had defeated the pro-BJJ players like Romulo Barral, Sauli Hellimo, and Rick Macauley. Maia followed the same slow pace strategy to secure his guard and eventually won the match with arm lock submission.
It was the time when Demian was positioned as the ADCC world champion. Throughout the championship, he showed the audience how strategically modeled close guards combined with submissions, controls, and sweeps proved to be effective in winning the bouts. It was the time when he took gold in the regular division.
2.9. Received BJJ Black Belt
Demian Maia was awarded 5th degree black belt in 2021. Nearly two decades passed and he received his Black Belt from Master Fabio Gurgel.
2.10. Demian Maia’s Wins and Loses in BJJ
Following is the table displaying Demian Maia Victories and defeats before becoming a pro MMA fighter.
|25.06.2022||W. Decision Polaris 20||Benson Henderson|
|30.04.2022||W. Triangle Choke
BJJ Stars 8
|05.04.2007||Win 2007 ADCS championships||Flavio Almeida|
2005 ADCC Championships
2.11. Pro MMA Combat
Early Days in MMA
On 21 September 2001, Demian Maia won his debut match against Raul Sosa in just 48 seconds. After that, he took a four year break and defeated Lukasz Chewlicki by armbar at the Cage Vol.4.
3. Historic Fights
Following are the historic fights between Demian Maia and the fighters like Matt Brown, Dong Hyun Kim, and Tyron Woodley.
3.1. Demian Maia Vs Matt Brown
This historic fight was nerve-wracking for both of the fighters. Highly competitive offensive and defensive strategies marked the fight memorable and a feast for the eyes. Demian nabbed Brown after the fight started and Brown's defensive techniques were troublesome for Demian. He tried to control Matt from the back but failed to get success till the third round. Matt tried to knock out Maia, but the grappler slided his arms under the opponent's throat and forced him into submission.
“He was trained to protect his neck; he did a good job,” Maia said. “I will improve that. Now, I hope my next fight is for the belt.”
|14 May 2016||Ufc 198||Matt Brown||Win||Rear Naked Choke||Round 3||Welterweight Division||Curitiba, Brazil|
3.2. Demian Maia Vs Dong Hyun Kim
Kim is a world-class Judo master. It was expected that both the fighters are going to give each other a tough time. But all of sudden the whole scenario changed when within a minute aggressive Demian trickly decided to go for a takedown. The moment Kim hit the ground, Demian quickly mounted him to win the fight.
Kim suffered a rib injury in this fight and Demian Maia was greatly regarded for instantly releasing Kim upon realizing it.
|7 July 2012||UFC 148||Dong Hyun Kim||Win||TKO Rib Injury||Round 1||Welterweight|
3.3. Demian Maia Vs. Tyron Woodley
This historic fight brought victory for Tyron but the audience felt little irony in the result.
"It doesn't bother me at all," Woodley shares, "I was in there with a jiu-jitsu specialist. I'm just excited to fight a freestyle fighter, someone I can use all my skills against."
Woodley was successful enough to defend takedown attempts from Maia. In the first round punched in the right eye of Demian and then in the second round Maia was dropped. Third round was blasted with punches on Maia’s nose.
"I had to be patient with my shots," Woodley said. "He's stronger than I expected. He hit me with a couple left hands, which surprised me. I'm the best in the world, man."
UFC president Dana White shared about the fight, “ It was just Horrible.”
|29, july 2017||UFC 214||Tyron Woodley||L||Unanimous Decision||3||Welterweight||Anaheim, California, US|
4. BJJ Instructorship
4.1. Demian as an Instructor
There are only a few Demian Maia-affiliated Jiu-Jitsu academies among which Miami Academy in Florida and in Portugal are worth mentioning.
4.2. Instructional Series
Demian has created instructional series which is regarded as the best source to learn and practice Jiu-Jitsu. It is an equally valuable source for beginners and advanced students.
5. Championships and Accomplishments
CBJJ Brazilian Championships
CBJJ Brazilian Team Championships
|2003||Brown/Black Pesada: Master||1st||Gold|
|2002||Brown/Black Pesada: Alliance||2nd||Silver|
|2001||Brown/Black Pesada: Alliance||1st||Gold|
|2000||Purple Pesada: Alliance||1st||Gold|
ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
Pan American Championships
CBJJ World Championships
CBJJO Cope Del Mundo
5.3. Mixed Martial Arts
Ultimate Fighting Championship includes:
- Fight of the Night
- Performance of the Night
- Submission of the Night
5.4. Main achievements ( Jiu-Jitsu)
Demian Maia received his first black belt from Fabio Gurgel just after four years and seven months of Jiu-Jitsu training. In 2000, he was awarded the Brown belt at the BJJ World Championships. Then in 2001, Demian stood second and was awarded with Brown Belt Medio-Pesado at the BJJ World Championships.
5.5. Main achievements ( MMA)
Under UFC, Demian won Fight of the Night Award one time, then the Performance of the Night Award twice and four times the Submission of the Night award.
In 2001, a number of awards were granted to Demian Maia for knocking out Raul Sosa in 48 seconds. In 2007 he won the Submission of the Night awards three times. In the first round, he defeated Ryan Jensen with a Rear Naked Choke, in the second round to Ed Herman via submission, and in the third round to black belt Jason McDonald again by a Rear Naked Choke. In 2009, fight with Chael Sonnen was a historic one. Demian was considered a best functional and strategic grappler due to his unusual style.
6. Demian Maia BJJ Professional Record Breakdown
|Professional Jiu-Jitsu Record Breakdown|
|38 Matches||27 Wins||11 Losses|
6.1. Submission Methods W/L
|Submission Method||9 Wins||1 Loss|
|Choke from Back||02||0|
7. Demian Maia BJJ Fight History
|2002||Team Nationals||Roger Gracie||L||Points||F||O88KG|
|2003||Team Nationals||Roger Gracie||L||Points||4F||O88KG|
|2003||Team Nationals||Leandro Borgo||W||Pts: 5x0||F||O88KG|
|2003||World Cup||Fabio Nascimento||L||Points||SF||88KG|
|2003||World Cup||Ricardo Tozzi||W||Triangle||R1||ABS|
|2003||World Cup||Fabio Nascimento||W||Choke from back||4F||ABS|
|2003||World Cup||Fernando Paradeda||W||Points||SF||ABS|
|2003||World Cup||Gabriel Napão||W||Points||F||ABS|
|2005||ADCC||Marko Helen||W||Pts: 3x0||R1||88KG|
|2005||ADCC||David Avellan||W||Pts: 3x0||4F||88KG|
|2005||ADCC||Saulo Ribeiro||W||Pts: 0x0, Pen||SF||88KG|
|2005||ADCC||Ronaldo Souza||L||Pts: 0x0, Pen||F||88KG|
|2005||World Cup||Paulo Jacare||W||Pts: 8x0||SF||88KG|
|2005||World Cup||Ronaldo Souza||W||Adv||F||88KG|
|2005||World Champ.||Rodrigo Pnheiro||W||Pts: 4x4, Adv||R1||88KG|
|2005||World Champ.||Antonio Borges||W||Choke from back||4F||88KG|
|2005||World Champ.||Braulio Estima||L||Pts: 0x0, Adv||SF||88KG|
|2006||Pan American||Paulo Gazze||W||Triangle||4F||88KG|
|2006||Pan American||Romulo Barral||W||Pts: 4x2||SF||88KG|
|2006||Pan American||Givanildo Santana||W||Points||F||88KG|
|2006||Pan American||Rafael Barbosa||W||Armbar||R1||ABS|
|2006||Pan American||Alexandre Ribeiro||L||Pts: 0x0, Adv||4F||ABS|
|2006||World Champ.||Rodolfo Silva||W||Points||R1||ABS|
|2006||World Champ.||Roberto Abreu||L||Pts: 4x0||4F||ABS|
|2006||Brasileiro||Romulo Barral||L||Brabo choke||SF||88KG|
|2006||Brasileiro||Romulo Barral||W||Referee Decision||4F||ABS|
|2006||Brasileiro||Marcelo Garcia||L||Pts: 2x0||F||ABS|
|2007||Super Challenge||Bruno Bastos||W||Pts: 3x0||R1||ABS|
|2007||Super Challenge||Luiz Theodoro||L||Referee Decision||4F||ABS|
|2022||BJJ Stars||Alex Oliveira||W||Triangle||SPF||NA|
|2022||Polaris 20||Ben Henderson||W||Referee Decision||SPF||ABS|
8. Demian Maia MMA Professional Record Breakdown
|Professional MMA Record Breakdown|
|Matches 39||Wins 28||Losses 11|
9. Demian Maia MMA Fight History
|2021||UFC 263||Belal Muhammad||L||Unanimous Decision||3||Welterweight|
|2020||UFC Fight Night Lee vs Oliveira||Gilbert Burns||L||TKO (Punches)||1||Welterweight|
|2019||UFC on ESPN+ 20||Ben Askren||W||Rear Naked Choke||3||Welterweight|
|2019||UFC on ESPN 3||Anthony Rocco Martin||W||Unanimous Decision||3||Welterweight|
|2019||UFC on ESPN+ 20||Lyman Good||W||Rear Naked Choke||1||Welterweight|
|2018||UFC Fight Night Maia vs Usman||Kumaru Usman||L||Unanimous Decision||5||Welterweight|
|2017||UFC Fight Night 119||Colby Covington||L||Unanimous Decision||3||Welterweight|
|2017||UFC 214||Tyron Woodley||L||Unanimous Decision||5||Welterweight|
|2017||UFC 211||Jorge Masvidal||W||Split Decision||3||Welterweight|
|2016||UFC on Fox 21||Carlos Condit||W||Rear Naked Choke||1||Welterweight|
|2016||UFC 198||Matt Brown||W||Rear Naked Choke||3||Welterweight|
|2015||UFC 194||Gunnar Nelson||W||Unanimous Decision||3||Welterweight|
|2015||UFC 190||Neil Magny||W||Rear Naked Choke||2||Welterweight|
|2015||UFC Fight Night 62||Ryan LaFlare||W||Unanimous Decision||5||Welterweight|
|2014||UFC Fight night||Alexander Yakoviev||W||Unanimous Decision||3||Welterweight|
|2014||UFC 170||Rory Mcdonald||L||Unanimous Decision||3||Welterweight|
|2013||UFC Fight Night Maia vs Shields||Jake Shields||L||Split Decision||5||Welterweight|
|2013||UFC 156||Jon Fitch||W||Unanimous Decision||5||Welterweight|
|2012||UFC153||Rick Story||W||Rear Naked Choke||1||Welterweight|
|2012||UFC on Fox Evans vs. Davis||Chris Weidman||L||Split Decision||3||Middleweight|
|2012||UFC 148||Dong Hyun Kim||W||Slam and Punches||1||Welterweight|
|2011||UFC 136||Jorge Santiago||W||Unanimous Decision||3||Middleweight|
|2011||UFC 131||Mark Munoz||L||Unanimous Decision||3||Middleweight|
|2010||The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale||Kendall Grove||W||Unanimous Decision||3||Middleweight|
|2010||UFC 118||Mario Miranda||W||Unanimous Decision||3||Lightweight|
|2010||UFC 112||Anderson Silva||L||Unanimous Decision||5||Middleweight|
|2009||UFC 102||Nate Marquardt||L||KO ( punch)||1||Middleweight|
|2010||UFC 109||Dan Miller||W||Unanimous Decision||3||Middleweight|
|2009||UFC 95||Chael Sonnen||W||Triangle Choke||1||Middleweight|
|2008||UFC 91||Nate Quarry||W||Rear Naked Choke||1||Middleweight|
|2008||UFC 87||Jason MacDonald||W||Rear Naked Choke||3||Middleweight|
|2008||UFC 83||Ed Herman||W||Rear Naked Choke||2||Middleweight|
|2007||UFC 77||Ryan Jensen||W||Rear Naked Choke||1||Middleweight|
|2007||Ohio Regional||Ryan Stout||W||TKO ( Shoulder Injury )||1||Middleweight|
|2006||Super Challenge 1||Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira||W||Rear Naked Choke||1||Middleweight|
|2006||Super Challenge 1||Gustavo Machado||W||Unanimous Decision||2||Middleweight|
|2006||Super Challenge 1||Fabio Nascimento||W||Guillotine Choke||1||Middleweight|
|2005||The Cage Vol.4||Lukasz Chiewicki||W||Submission Armbar||1||Middleweight|
|2001||Tormenta en el Ring||Raul Sosa||W||TkO (Punches)||1||Middleweight|
10. Demian Maia Top Fights Links
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