Although Demian Maia came up short in his bid to secure the UFC’s welterweight title, several months before he turns 40 year’s-old, the galaxy class grappler has no intention of hanging up the gloves.
Maia took on welterweight champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 214 on Saturday, repeatedly failed to take the powerful wrestler down, and lost via unanimous decision. Maia had won seven straight fights prior to the loss.
After the card, Maia was asked about his future in fighting, and the Brazilian said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“Unfortunately for the guys in my division, I will keep going,” Maia said. “I have more energy to burn. I want to keep going a little bit more. I don’t know. Let’s see what happens – they’re thinking about opening 165-, 175-(pound divisions). Let’s see.”
This is good news for Maia fans, and it’s not surprising to hear this. Although Maia took a couple of hard shots on Saturday, the jiu-jitsu titan has taken minimal damage in most of his recent outings. It will be interesting to see what fight comes next for the classy veteran.