Demian Maia is doing very well this past 2015. The former middleweight MMA fighter is having a three-fight winning streak in the welterweight division, with latest winning over grappling expert Gunnar Nelson last December. Maia dominated the entire fight which allowed him to emerge victorious.
This victory brings his welterweight MMA record to 7-2 with a four-fight winning streak to add under his name. This impressive record also landed him the 5th spot in the MMA division.
For Maia, who is now 38 years old, time is running out for him to prove that he is indeed the champion that everyone is supposed to look forward to. And even at his age, Maia is confident that he more than ready to face Robbie Lawler and fight for the welterweight title belt.
“That’s what I want. I know many things can happen, but I think I’m ready for the title. Anytime, I can fight for that. I’m already training, a little bit and easy, but I want this chance,” Maia said.
Maia is confident that his resumes entitles him to a shot at the title, but of course, he’s well aware of his fellow MMA contenders aiming for the same opportunity. Carlos Condit has recently took a shot at the title while Johny Hendricks has a scheduled bout on the way. Rory MacDonald just recently had his chance on the belt, which takes Maia on his possible contender at the UFC title.
“Pretty much there’s me and [Tyron] Woodley and I think I deserve to fight for the title. I’m asking for that because that’s the way you get the chance. You gotta fight, you gotta do well. When you get asked if you want the title, you really need to push for that. That’s why I want to do it my style, not do it so loud, but I want to fight for the title,” Maia said.
As would any MMA fighter with the right mind would do, Maia has to be prepared in case that title shot won’t come his way. If that does happen, Maia is firm that his goals wouldn’t change. He believes that every fight is an opportunity for a shot at the title. With his time running out in the MMA industry, Maia said that he’s very much ready and willing to do anything just to have a chance to fight for the belt before it’s time for him to hang his gloves.
“I want to fight with somebody that takes me to the title if I win. I think the fights would make more sense would be Woodley or Matt Brown, who is tied near with me in the rankings and Woodley also. That’s the fights that would make more sense, but, of course, if I can choose today, I would say I don’t want to fight with those guys. I want to fight for a title. For the title, I would do anything. For the title, if they say, ‘Ok, let’s sit and wait,’, I will sit and wait because I know it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Maia added.