Demian Maia just earned his 7th consecutive victory in the UFC octagon.
Following latest victory against Jorge Gamebred Masvidal he was promised a title shot by Dana White. Still this wouldn’t be the first time he was promised the title shot only to be forced into taking a different fight.
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After the fight Maia said:
“I’m not going to sell myself just because I want to be a champion, just because I want to make more money,” Maia told reporters after his victory. “I don’t sell myself. I am what I am. For a lot of people, for my kids, I don’t want to change. … It’s a big mistake to try to please everybody. I have fans and I’m looking at them. I fight for them. … I have my principles and I’m not going to change my principles.”
“I saw some things in Tyron’s game I can capitalize on, which I’m not going to say right now,” Maia said. “I know the gaps that he has, but he’s pretty dangerous. His hands are heavy, he’s short so it’s probably hard to take down a good wrestler. So it’s a very, very hard matchup for me but once I get there’s it’s 50-50. I know that.
“I’ve been in this division for 12 fights. I’ve won 10 fights, and almost all of those fights have been against top-15 and top-10 competitors. I know my level and I know I can win against anyone in this division.”
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