Maia will challenge the welterweight champ at UFC 214, which will go down on July 29th in Anaheim, California. The galaxy class grappler has been tapped for the opportunity, due to a seven fight winning streak, which includes wins over notable names like Matt Brown, Neil Magny, Carlos Condit and Jorge Masvidal.
“It’s about awareness and be conscious that it’s just another fight and not see it as the biggest fight of my life. I really need to believe that,” Maia said.
“When I fought Anderson (Silva), I was like, ‘This is the biggest fight of my life, and this is going to happen.’ You’re dreaming too much about the future, the tomorrow. Fighting Tyron I need to know that it doesn’t matter what happens after this. I am living in this fight, just another fight and I feeling that, not just saying it. It’s important. I am a much better wrestler, striker and I am much better in control of my feelings. I am much better overall.”
That’s an interesting way to look at it. Some fighters want to build up a fight as much as possible, as way to get motivated and focused for a bout. But, Maia understands himself better than anyone else, so if putting things into this type of perspective works, all the power to him.
Maia took on Silva during the height of the latter’s reign as middleweight champ, and lost via decision. At the time, the consensus was that Maia needed to get the bout down, in order to have a change against Silva. That’s the same narrative that accompanies Maia into UFC 214…