The Champion is very athletic, and known for his explosive striking and strong wrestling. Demian is a master of Jiu-jitsu who has created a hybrid style that blends wrestling takedowns with an evolved version of BJJ that many consider to be the best adaptation of the art for MMA. The match will likely play out as a classic “striker” versus “grappler” contest for the ages.
Although Demian is excited to have the opportunity, it is not without controversy. With the fight announcement coming on June 28th, Maia was given only four weeks to prepare for what will likely be the most important fight of his life. Normally, fighters are given much more notice for a title fight, allowing them to have an eight to ten week “fight camp.” In early June Demian told coaches Connie and Mark that he and his manager we’re pushing for the fight to happen in September, but this was not to be. Some people believe that the short notice is an attempt to stack the cards in Woodley’s favor, but Demian is working hard to do everything he can to get the win and cap off an incredible career with the UFC’s welterweight belt around his waist.
Demian has indicated that he will visit ZenQuest after this bout for some training. Stay tuned for more info on that but, in the meantime, GOOD LUCK to Demian and Team Maia on this incredible challenge.