The gap between UFC champion Anderson Silva and the rest of the 185-pound field may be narrowing. Once labeled as the UFC’s weakest division, talented prospects seem to be popping up from every corner of the Octagon to contend for the title. Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard Demian Maia proclaims that the line should start behind him.
Maia holds a perfect 10-0 record, and most importantly has finished all but one of his opponents before the fight’s final bell.
His latest victim was former WEC middleweight top contender Chael Sonnen this past weekend at UFC 95. It took Maia less than three minutes to submit the Team Quest fighter in the 1stRound of their battle, Maia’s second consecutive contest that didn’t go past the 1stRound.
“I was surprised even because I put him down and he’s such a good wrestler,” Maia said after his impressive win. “I just have the title in my mind. I think now I want the title shot. I want to show the world the jiu-jitsu.”
Silva has been easily disposing of middleweights since he emerged on the UFC scene nearly three years ago. He will be headlining UFC 97 on April 18th against Thales Leites and win or lose, Maia doesn’t want to wait any longer for a shot at the belt.
“I think now I deserve the title shot,” Maia stated. “That’s what I want to do. I want to show jiu-jitsu to the world and show the people that you can win the title without hurting your opponent.”