Demian Maia hints at retirement after UFC 263 fight

The MMA veteran (28-10) has opened up about hanging his gloves in near future. Speaking to MMA Junkie, Maia said: “I’m near the end, and it could be the last fight, but, you know, I’ve been performing so well in training camp, and I’ve been feeling so well that I could do one more, couple more – most likely one more after that.”

The grappling artist last fought and lost in March 2020 against Gilbert Burns. He’s now fighting Muhammad on June 12 after almost a year out.

The 43-year-old was however adamant that he might stick around a little longer if he puts up a sublime display at UFC 263.

“Of course, it depends, because you perform well in the training camp, and sometimes, you know, you cannot translate it to the Octagon, and so if I can translate well and, of course, UFC and Dana (White), they want me to do one more fight, I would do it. If not, then, you know, it would be the last one,” the MMA star added.

Maia has been regarded as Brazil’s one of the best ever grapplers to compete in the UFC. He has, however, not been very active lately.

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