UFC welterweights Demian Maia and Jon Fitch both looked sharp in their respective rumbles at UFC 153. Maia submitted Rick Story midway through the opening round of their bout, while Fitch gritted out a hard-fought and occasionally one-sided decision against up-and-comer Erick Silva.

With both men available and relatively healthy, Maia has set his sights on a possible showdown with the former title-contender. And, if Fitch isn’t interested in the fight, Maia has another name in mind as well.

“I think Nick Diaz and Jon Fitch that opponents would surely have much name this category and I would climb fast,” said Maia in an interview with TATAME (thanks to an assist from Google Translate).

Maia went on to give both men credit for their jiu-jitsu skills while giving Fitch an advantage in wrestling and Diaz in boxing.

“I have to see what the UFC has to offer as well. In the end, they decide. As I have nothing personal against any opponent, (my goal) is to have a good fight, put on a good event, maybe a main event or co-main event to begin to emerge as a contender to appear better,” Maia concluded.

BJJ Ace Maia Thinks of Himself as a Whitebelt in Order to Keep Improving

Maia’s win last weekend was his second straight since dropping down to 170 pounds. The submission specialist holds an overall record of 17-4 with nine submissions including finishes of Ed Herman, Nate Quarry, and Chael Sonnen.


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