|Association||Team Brasa / Wand Fight Team|
|Weight Class||Middleweight (185 lbs.)|
|Height||6' 0" (183 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing|
|Birth Date||November 6, 1977|
|Fighting Out Of||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Demian Maia Pictures||Maia's Official Site|
Demian Maia Baptista is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes at Middleweight. He currently competes in the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC).
 Professional Record
|Record||18 - 4 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Win||Jon Fitch||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar||2/2/2013||3||5:00|
|Win||Rick Story||Submission (Neck Crank)||UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar||10/13/2012||1||2:30|
|Win||Dong Hyun Kim||TKO (Rib Injury)||UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2||7/7/2012||1||0:47|
|Loss||Chris Weidman||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis||1/28/2012||3||5:00|
|Win||Jorge Santiago||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3||10/08/2011||3||5:00|
|Loss||Mark Munoz||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin||6/11/2011||3||5:00|
|Win||Kendall Grove||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC: The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale||12/04/2010||3||5:00|
|Win||Mario Miranda||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2||8/28/2010||3||5:00|
|Loss||Anderson Silva||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 112: Invincible||4/10/2010||5||5:00||For UFC Middleweight Championship; Replaced Vitor Belfort as a challenger.|
|Win||Dan Miller||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 109: Relentless||2/06/2010||3||5:00|
|Loss||Nate Marquardt||KO (Punch)||UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira||8/29/2009||1||0:21|
|Win||Chael Sonnen||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson||2/21/2009||1||2:37||Won Submission of the Night Honors|
|Win||Nate Quarry||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar||11/15/2008||1||2:13|
|Win||Jason MacDonald||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 87: Seek and Destroy||8/09/2008||3||2:44||Won Submission of the Night Honors|
|Win||Ed Herman||Technical Submission (Triangle Choke)||UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2||4/19/2008||2||2:27||Won Submission of the Night Honors|
|Win||Ryan Jensen||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 77: Hostile Territory||10/20/2007||1||2:40||UFC debut; Won Submission of the Night Honors|
|Win||Ryan Stout||TKO (Shoulder Injury)||GFC: Evolution||5/19/2007||1||1:54|
|Win||Fabio Nascimento||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||SC 1: Super Challenge 1||10/07/2006||1||0:35||Won 2007 Super Challenge Champion in the under-83kgs division|
|Win||Gustavo Machado||Decision (Unanimous)||SC 1: Super Challenge 1||10/07/2006||2||5:00|
|Win||Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||SC 1: Super Challenge 1||10/07/2006||1||3:30|
|Win||Lukas Chlewicki||Submission (Armbar)||The Cage Vol. 4: Redemption||12/03/2005||1||4:22|
|Win||Raul Sosa||TKO (Punches)||Tormenta en el Ring: Tormenta en el Ring||9/21/2001||1||0:48|
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Maia trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as Judo as a child. When he became a teenager, he also began studying Kung Fu and Karate. Demian Maia finished college and graduated with a degree in Journalism. He is currently a second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has won several major tournaments under Team Brasa. He won the 77kg - 87kg 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.
 Mixed Martial Arts Career
 Early MMA Career
On December 3 of 2005, Maia made his mixed martial arts debut against Lukas Chlewicki at The Cage: Volume 4 in Helsinki, Finland. In just 4:22, Maia submitted Chlewicki by armbar to win his MMA debut.
After nearly a year, he returned to compete at Super Challenge 1, earning three victories in one night to be crowned the 2007 Super Challenge Champion in the under-83kgs division. In 2007, he competed in GFC: Evolution against Ryan Stout. Early in the first round, Stout's shoulder popped out of it's socket after Maia reversed him into a mount, causing a stoppage due to injury.
 UFC Career
The UFC announced that it had signed Maia to a contract on August 7, 2007. He was originally matched against veteran Marvin Eastman, but Eastman pulled out due to eye surgery. Ryan Jensen, who trained with Team Quest for this fight, was named as his replacement. The preliminary bout took place on October 20 at UFC 77: Hostile Territory in Cincinnati, Ohio. Maia won by rear naked choke in the first round and won Submission of the Night honors, which paid him $40,000.
Maia next fought Ed Herman, another Team Quest fighter at UFC 83: Serra vs St. Pierre 2 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on April 19, 2008. Maia defeated Herman by 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: Seek & Destroy where he took on Middleweight Jason MacDonald. Both fighters entered the cage having won back-to-back Submission of the Night victories in the UFC. Maia controlled the first two rounds with several submission attempts before he defeated MacDonald by rear naked choke at 2:44 of the third round. Maia earned $60,000 for Submission of the Night, making him the first UFC fighter to earn three consecutive Submission of the Night honors. 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.
After the fight, Maia expressed interest in fighting Michael Bisping next.
Demian Maia fought Chael Sonnen at UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson. Sonnen had just been moved from the WEC's Middleweight division when the promotion dropped it's Middleweight class. Coming off a big win over Paulo Filho, Sonnen had been talking a lot before the fight saying that by defeating Maia he would deserve a shot at Anderson Silva's title. Maia cut his aspirations short with a submission victory in the first round with a Triangle Choke. By defeating Sonnen, he defeated his fourth Team Quest opponent and won his fourth Submission of the Night Honors. He has won the Submission of the Night Honors in every single fight in the UFC, except one.
Instead of a title fight, the UFC scheduled Maia to fight Nathan Marquardt, which many thought was to determine the #1 contender for Silva's Middleweight championship. Maia's undefeated streak ended abruptly at 21 seconds into the first round with a devastating KO, that ended with Maia face down, unable to protect himself as the referee immediately stopped the fight. Marquardt earned the Knockout of the Night Honors for his KO over Maia.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu phenom returned to action at UFC 109: Relentless where he faced off against former IFL Middleweight Champion Dan Miller. Maia went on to win the Decision (Unanimous). In a surprising turn, Maia did not take the fight to the ground and stated in the post fight interview that this was done to show that he could strike.
When Vitor Belfort pulled out of his UFC 112: Invincible title fight with Anderson Silva, and both Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen (two of the top contenders who faced off against one another at UFC 109 for the chance to face Silva next) were on medical suspension, Maia was chosen by the UFC as Silva's opponent for his Middleweight title.
Silva easily controlled the fight for the first few rounds, dropped Maia with a straight right hand early in the first. As the rounds progressed, Silva seemed less interested in engaging his opponent and more interested in toying with him, where he smiled, danced, and taunt the already bloodied Maia. By the fourth round, chants of "Maia" filled the air as the challenger was the only one trying to fight. That was followed shortly after by a call of "G-S-P" in honor of the Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre, sitting cageside, who many believed the best chance of dethroning Silva. The fifth round saw a bloodied Maia, eye swollen shut, swinging for the fences, even as he was on his knees. Silva again refused to engage, and referee Dan Miragliotta actually warned Silva he would deduct a point if he didn't move forward.
While Silva retained his belt with a Decision (Unanimous) win, he was forced to apologize following the result.
- "Demian actually surprised me with some of his punches," Silva said. "I apologize to everybody; I don't know what got into me."
UFC President Dana White even left the bout during the Championship rounds.
- "Anderson Silva might be the first champion in history fighting on a prelim," White said. "How do you sell Anderson Silva after tonight? How do you do it? People don't want to see that [expletive]. I don't want to see it."
Maia returned to action to face Mario Miranda on August 27, 2010 at UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2, in his first fight since losing the title shot. Maia took down, controlled and ultimately dominated Miranda en route to a lopsided Decision (Unanimous) victory. Maia earned the win via scores of 30-27 on all three judges' cards. It was far from a crowd-pleaser and most of the TD Garden crowd booed the action.
 Ranks and Titles
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
- 3X BJJ World Cup Champion
- 2X World Champion
- Pan American Champion (2006)
- ADCC Champion (2007)
- ADCC 2nd Place (2005)
- 7x State Champion
- 4x Brazilian Team Champion