Demian Maia has been the best flag bearer for brazilian jiu jitsu in the octagon for quite some time. The 40 year old Brazilian ace has a fight record of 25-8.
Maia, who is set to take on rising contender, Kamaru Usman this Saturday in the main event of UFC Chile. He stepped in as a late day replacement.
Maia recently revealed he has a timeline in mind for retiring:
Long-time UFC contender @DemianMaia says he will likely retire after his contract is done with the UFC. Maia has 4 fights left on his contract including his upcoming bout at #UFCChile. Watch #TheMMAHour live: https://t.co/11sYrEm5Ug pic.twitter.com/ys6Vhve7dl
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 14, 2018
“I’m okay, I’m happy, the ufc’s happy, I think everything is set up right now. For me, it’s going to be a challenge for sure but I’m thinking that…I want to fight this year, maybe next year finish these fights on my contract. You know I love to fight and I’m still performing well doing training camps but I don’t know if I’m still fighting after next year. This could be my last contract with the ufc then after that, I’m retired.
Yeah, I think so [that these last four fights will be it]. Not because I don’t like or enjoy [fighting], almost 11 years in this game, ufc and it’s a lot of commitment, a lot of pressure. And also I want to have different projects that I like to do and I want to be a little bit more with family and kids and give more time for them also.”
Will you be sad to see Maia retire?