Demian Maia Explains Decision to Take Quick, Turnaround Fight Against Tyron Woodley at UFC 214
By FCF Staff
Demian Maia elected to fight Tyron Woodley last year under less than ideal circumstances, but it sounds like the welterweight has no regrets about taking the bout.
After Maia secured a decision win over Jorge Masvidal last May, the vaunted grappler was asked to face the champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 214, July 29th. In essence, placing the then 39-year-old fighter in back-to-back camps with no break. Maia ended up losing the one-sided fight via decision.
While speaking to the media recently, the Brazilain fighter explained why he felt he had no choice but to take the bout (quote via MMA Junkie):
“When we were talking to the UFC, they said that ‘That’s your chance, and if you don’t take this chance, we don’t know when you’re going to have another chance,’” Maia said. “In that time I was 39, almost 40. We had a meeting with our team and took like two, three days to discuss that.
“We said, ‘OK, if you don’t take this fight and you don’t have this chance anymore, maybe we’re going to regret it forever.’ So it’s better to go there and do what you can. At least I know what happens in this fight. I think the worst thing would be all my life thinking about that.”
This past weekend at UFC Fortaleza, Maia quickly submitted former Bellator champ Lyman Good.