A lot of fans want to see Robbie Lawler – Carlos Condit II, and Tyron Woodley has made it clear he wants the title shot he was promised, but Demian Maia is also campaigning for a crack at the belt. Why not right?
Yes, as we wait to see what the UFC elects to do with the welterweight title, Maia has outlined why he could be tapped to fight the champ Lawler. The jiu-jitsu titan is coming off a one sided, decision win over Gunnar Nelson in December, and Maia has now won four straight.
While speaking to Bloody Elbow.com recently, Maia had this to say about his title shot hopes:
“All fights I won at welterweight weren’t questionable and I think I won all rounds of the bouts, besides the last round of the [Ryan] LaFlare fight. My two losses came to two fighters with crazy resumes,” Maia said. “Rory [MacDonald], which was FOTN at UFC 170, and Jake Shields – who holds wins against pretty much all top guys at welterweight – in a split decision, that I know I could have done better, but frankly I didn’t think I lost that fight.”
“Now I won four fights in a row, and I’m 7-2 as a welterweight,” said Maia. “I think a title shot could be justifiable. If not possible, then I would like a fight that helps me get there…”
When you consider that Maia is ranked #5, then sure, if it somehow played out that he was granted a title shot, no one could really be outraged. It would also be fascinating to see if Maia could get Lawler to the ground, because if he did, well, the belt could very well change hands.
But, considering everything else, with folks wanting to Lawler – Condit II and Woodley waiting in the wings, some unexpected things would have to take place for Maia to jump in.