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Demian Maia Thinks Sonnen Could Beat Silva; Says He is Indeed Likely Fighting Belcher Next

(Grudge? What Grudge?)

In a new interview with TATAME, Demian Maia takes the high road in discussing his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 112 in April, saying that he would prefer to talk about the future and not dwell on the past, no matter how douchebag-like Silva acted during their bout.

He did say that he truly believes that Chael Sonnen has a legitimate chance at beating the usually dominant champion and that he feels the only way to stop the Team Quest fighter from controlling the fight would be for Anderson to dedicate a large portion of his training to both his defensive and offensive jiu-jitsu games.

"I sure do [think Chael can beat Anderson]. He has a really tough game and it’s hard for anyone to beat him. He has a good takedown, has a good ground game, he’s very big and strong in comparison with the other athletes of the division. It’s a hard fight for everyone because he brings you down and is a hell of a hitter. You have to have a great guard to fight him, otherwise it becomes very hard fight for you. Let’s see what will happen."

As far as his own MMA career goes, Maia said it may be a bit premature to estimate how many quality wins he would need to get under his belt before he gets a shot at whoever is the champion if and when the time comes, he confirmed that his next opponent, would, as reported, likely be Alan Belcher.

"It seems [the fight with Belcher] will happen; that’s what I heard. I haven’t signed anything yet, but I believe he will be my opponent. I’ve seen him fighting. Once he fought in the same card as I did, I saw his last fight against (Patrick) Cote, he certainly is a tough guy, one of the tops of the division. For me, it’s an excellent thing to come back with a guy from his level. I’ll first focus on beating him, there’re lots of things to think about and it’s early to think about [another shot at the title], but it’s what everyone wants, so let’s wait for this fight and then we’ll see what will happen."

Since Belcher has been mentioned by UFC president Dana White as being a potential title contender in the near future, a win over him could propel Maia back into the middle of the growing queue of middleweights who are fighting for a shot at the belt currently held by Silva.

If Sonnen does beat Silva, Maia will likely feel more confident in his chances of one day wearing UFC gold should possibly face the Oregon native for the title, considering he handily defeated him by a triangle choke in less than three minutes the first time the two met.

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fatbellyfrank- June 8, 2010 at 12:50 am
I'm hearin what your sayin, someone check out the street address for em, Rex, your on the inside see what you can find out, and keep it all on the quiet, no-one suggest anything til we have proof mmmmmmkay
ghostboner- June 8, 2010 at 12:24 am
"Don't Fowlkes and Dundas live in Missoula????!?!?!?!?!?!?"

Hmmmm... Fairly suggestive isn't it?
2DaDeath- June 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm
@ ghostbonnar:

Best gay bars, you say?

Is Missoula, like, the new West Hollywood??

Does Nick Ring also live in Missoula???

Don't Fowlkes and Dundas live in Missoula????!?!?!?!?!?!?
Mofo- June 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm
@Mike - well let me just take the opportunity to say - you're all funny fuckers! Keep it up! I've bounced around all the MMA sites, the corporate news ones and the ma and pa shops, and this is the only one that puts a priority on humor. I have no clue why the others are all so boring.

And the design of this site is good too. Holy crap, sherdog has the worst web design job I've ever seen.

ghostboner- June 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm
Ha ha awwwww shoot I forgot we are talking aboot Chael "the Dentist's lead filled x-ray protection apron/bib" Sonnen. What I meant to say was, try to get Silva tired and then go for the glorious unanimous decision in the 5th!
ghostboner- June 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm
@2DaDeadness - As I explained in a previous post, Missoula has the best gay bars.

@Tyrannosaurus Rex - Beat me to it on the bloody tampon sentiments. I am not planning on reading the article, because I don't give a shit.

I also think Chael has a chance of beating Anderson, but not a very good one. Maybe 1 out of 7 or 8. Chael is a good wrestler, but so was Dan Henderson. Silva is no slouch on the ground. I think Chael's best chance is to use the Nate Mark Wart game plan. Try to get Silva tired and maybe finish in round 5.
2DaDeath- June 7, 2010 at 8:53 pm
@ Rex:

Thanks for answering. Since Fowlkes and Dundas live in Missoula, I just assumed that everyone did. Made me want to look into what's so cool about that place.
fatbellyfrank- June 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm
C'mon BE trolls, just bring it! and Mruss, glad to know our proof reading efforts are appreciated, we just like to help
darciesdaddy- June 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm
wow. I've never been to BE before. I didn't bother looking around at the forums or anything, but the advertisement for Depends on the front page... I mean, what's their target demographic? Screw the shots of ring girls, let's give the fans what they really need, adult diapers!
ReX13- June 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm
Mofo>> I meant i wanted this composite Ben-Chad-Mike who would presumably never sleep and post so much hilarity that the entire interwebs would be forced to show up and pay homage.

But yeah, robot dogs work too.

(I thought Voltron was made of lions tho. Anyone?)

Last comment on the bloodyelbow business: CP links to them, i imagine bloodyelbow links back to us, and everyone is ostensibly friends. But for a website with remarkably low tolerance for "fighter bashing", they don't seem to mind bashing other websites. I have a login over there, but i will not be using it anymore. Anything else like this comes up, i hope someone does a copy/paste job in the forum, rather than inflate their traffic count.
ReX13- June 7, 2010 at 6:42 pm
2DaDeath>> MRuss is up in Toronto, Ben is in NYC, and C Money is in Missoula. I don't know where the freelance guys are from.
2DaDeath- June 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm
So Mike,

Are all of you guys from Misoula (however that's spelled)?
jizzninja- June 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm
I really hope chael just puts silva thru hell. Sub'n or ko'n silva won't justify what 25 mins of hell would do. Prolly won't happen but a guy can wish can't he
ccman- June 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm
K. Now that I read it.... who cares. I think MR missed liddel couture I
Mike Russell- June 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm
Basically, Ben G does the first two posts of the day, then I do the next two... and so on and so forth.Chad Dundas is the weekend editor and except for the odd PBP, which we all share, he does everything from Saturday morning until Sunday evening.We do have some occasional contributions from other writers like Jim Genia, Elias Cepeda, Dallas Winston and our own Rex13.Hope this helps.
ccman- June 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm
Someone should write an article explaining the purpose of an elbow is to bloody the opponent. Your elbow bleeding means you did it WRONG
DangadaDang- June 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm
I'm pretty confident the guy in Mike Russows picture was the manager of the McDonalds I used to work at, and let me just say...he was a dick
rampageisgod- June 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm
Little late to the party, but I visited BE for the first time. Lot of ass kissing going on over there.
Mofo- June 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm
BTW, why are all the posts on CP anonymous? Mike, you're a writer on this site? Any inside scoop on that?

Rex, you said something about someone named Chad? And you post here as well right? You said CP should get together like Voltron - which means what, it's a bunch of scattered writers who don't communicate with eachother? Or that it's a bunch of giant robot dogs?

I think it's impersonal, with everything lacking a lack a by-line.
Mofo- June 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm
I was gonna write some comments here, but I think I'll just procrasturbate a bit first. I mean, I'm already at the computer, so why not.

Afterwards, I'll probly be too tired to write comments.

[insert lame fuckin cat here]
I can haz bitchez?
2DaDeath- June 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Someone really needs to kick the shit out of Kid Nate. He would really benefit from it. And it goes without saying that everyone would as well.
El Famous Burrito- June 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Yeah, what this site really needs is a picture of a cat and a caption with some hilarious saying!

No, wait! It will be in broken english and horrible grammar! Ha ha! I'm wetting myself at the possibilities!

Seriously though, I would like to post pics. Just me though.
floppytall- June 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm
Hey MRuss/ Gusbuster
Speaking of your love for CP's help in proof reading, what ever happened to the battle between you and SpunkMonkey JoseMonkey, one of the most raging grammar Nazi's I've seen in a while? You had him right where you wanted him I tell you! Don't give me some crap line about you had work to do because this was more important than that, I'm talking about my LIFE, I can't seem to get that through to you. I'm not just talking about one person, I'm talking about everybody. I'm talking about form. I'm talking about content. I'm talking about interrelationships. I'm talking about God, the devil, Hell, Heaven. Do you understand... FINALLY? . . . whoa, yeah, just made a visit to McMurphy's former place of residence.
Almost North- June 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm
It has been corrected I'm sure. But correcting those guys is a bannable offense.
Viva Hate- June 7, 2010 at 1:44 pm
I would really like to correct the article over at be, if anyone has an active membership please correct them. The last part of the article states that after his loss to Royce, Kimo never won a meaningful match again but Kimo did hold victories over Sakuraba, Patrick Smith 2X,Paul Varelans, Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, and Tank Abbott, plus he fought to a draw with Dan Severn.