After a solid run at 185 pounds it looks like submission-specialist Demian Maia will be mixing it up as a welterweight for the foreseeable future, opting to compete against opponents closer to him in overall size than those entering with a noticeable strength advantage.
Maia made the announcement by way of Twitter where he wrote, “Moving down to 170 pounds Next fight, I (will) be a welterweight.”
While no opponent has surfaced yet for Maia the thought of the Brazilian’s BJJ mastery in a division full of wrestlers and lacking those with a comparable grasp of the art-form is certainly an intriguing one. The 34-year old last fought in January where he fell by way of decision to Chris Weidman.
The 15-4 Maia has won nine of his thirteen fights inside the Octagon including impressive wins over Nate Quarry, Dan Miller, and Chael Sonnen. A BJJ blackbelt, Maia has seven submission victories on his record though has shied away from grappling in his last few fights while attempting to test out his moderately improving stand-up.