Demian Maia Moving to UFC Welterweight Division

Written by Tom Ngo
March 14th, 2012

UFC Demian Maia

After 13 middleweight fights inside the Octagon, former top contender Demian Maia (Pictured) has decided to shed 15 pounds and drop to the UFC’s welterweight class.

“Guys, now I ll moving down to 170 pounds. Next fight I ll be a welterweight,” Maia tweeted just moments ago.

The submission specialist owns a 15-4 overall record and posted a respectable 9-4 mark under the UFC’s watch. Maia made it all the way to a title fight against champion Anderson Silva in April 2010, but fell short in a lopsided unanimous decision defeat.

The 34-year-old has dropped two of his last three fights and was most recently seen losing to Chris Weidman in January.

No word on when Maia will make his welterweight debut.

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