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Quick Quote of the Day: Demian Maia Seriously Contemplating Move to Welterweight

Demian Maia is a tough fighter to wrap your head around. One day, the onetime middleweight contender is choking out Chael Sonnen and handling a guy like Jorge Santiago the next he’s being dominated by Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman. The one thing the Brazilian jiu-jitsu standout, who is 9-4 in the Octagon has lacked in his career is consistency, which explains why he’s ready perhaps to make a change.

Maia, who admits he sometimes struggles to maintain his 198-pound walking around weight, told Tatame recently that he’s been thinking  about dropping down a weight class to fight at 170 pounds.

“It has not been decided yet [for sure]. I’ve always said it was a possibility… I usually have to make much effort to keep 198lbs and I gotta eat a lot not to lose weight because it’s easy for me. I’m getting healed from my hand (hand surgery), which is almost good. I’m taking a week off because it’s been a while since I haven’t taken some time to rest. Now that I’m not training and eating what I want I weight 194lbs, more or less. When it’s close to the fight I cut weight and leave the last 11 to 13lbs to lose at the very end.”

Maia is recovering from hand surgery following a break he sustained his loss to Chris Weidman at  last month, but is hoping to be back 10 100 percent by the summer so he can fight on the next planned card in Rio.

“I hope to be ready in June. We’re getting back to training now and I’ll fight in June if I have to,” he explains. “I’ll be ready.”

Who do you think he should face if he debuts at 170?

Mike Swick, Jon Fitch or Josh Koscheck, perhaps? Personally, I’d like to see him face Alan Belcher like he was scheduled to do before we write him off as a middleweight.

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Lesnarischamp- March 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm
I thought he beat Munoz, watched the fight twice. Maia at WW could be interesting, I've always thought he had a bit of weight he could lose if he really wanted and was really committed to it.
Sopapo- March 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm
Maia at 170? sounds pretty good to me. Not that he doesn't belong in 185 but with a losse to the champ you can't expect to receive another crack any time soon.
Great great guy thou, seems so classy and so respectfull.
BaghdadBob- March 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm
Can't hurt.
Dizzylittlelord- March 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm
ive wanted him to drop down to 170 for ages, dustin hazlet was the last beastly grappler down there and he was a weedy little dude, maia would be a force at 170
Jackbequick- March 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm
He's going to be a monster if he comes back at 10 100 percent, that's for sure. Problem is he'll probably pop positive for juice.
Darkside- March 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Dominated by munoz? GTFO. Maia won that fight. Period.
Get Off Me- March 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm
+1...Maia was kinda screwed in the Munoz fight and hardly dominated by Weidman in their gasfest. Now Nate Marquardt may be able to say he dominated Maia for a short period.
Fried Taco- March 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm
Hands of steel, nipples of salami.
MonsterMaulingAss- March 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm
Fuck that, maia was not dominated by munoz.