Maia May Retire After New Contract
The freshly signed deal Demian Maia made with the UFC may be his last, as Maia may look to retire after his next four fights.
The 40 year old BJJ black belt spoke with Combate, and claimed that while he’s uncertain about retiring, he knows that his career is coming to a close.
“We did renegotiate a new contract,” Maia said. “I had one pending fight on my last contract, but we renegotiated and now I have four more left. My career is coming to an end, I’m already looking at retirement. I want to perform in the best possible, in these four fights. I’m not sure if I’ll stop after that, but there’s a big chance. I want to give my best and then I’ll see what happens next.”
The first fight of the new deal is the main event of UFC Fight Night 129, when he and Kamaru Usman face off in Santiago Chile, in a match up he took on short notice. And while he may have nerves walking into the Octagon on May 19th, Maia feels the crowd will be on his side.
“I believe the crowd will be with me, which is great,” Maia said. “
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu scene is growing a lot over there, and that helps me, it puts the fans on my side, since I carry the flag. Once I’m in there, though, it’s all about doing my job and performing professionally. We’ve got some strategies and gameplans, but you’ll never know a fight will turn out. My team is really good at developing a gameplan and it works for most of the time. You just have to be prepared to make it work.”