Study: Demian Maia’s Highly Efficient Wrestling

Study: Demian Maia’s Highly Efficient Wrestling


UFC Welterweight Demian Maia has arguably some of the best wrestling in the UFC. He has taken down some of the best wrestlers in the UFC like Chael Sonnen, Jon Fitch (numerous times), Rick Story and Judoka Dong Hyun Kim.

On this episode of mmanuts.com podcast,  Demian Maia and BJJ Legend Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros join the team and discuss Maia’s takedown background.

Maia states:

When I was training sport Jiu-Jitsu (Gi), I was always thinking of MMA so everything I did was to be used for MMA or No Gi. For my takedowns, I never did takedowns with the lapel. All my takedowns were basically just double and single legs since the time of my Jiu-Jitsu (gi), because my will was to fight MMA.

Check out some of Demian Maia’s best takedowns in the UFC (GIFS from mixedmartialarts.com)



Maia’s takedowns:

Vs Chael Sonnen:


Vs Jon Fitch









Vs Rick Story


Vs Jorge Santiago


Vs Jon Fitch

Vs Dong Hyun Kim