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Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021

Demian Maia One of Several Fighters Removed From UFC Roster

Demian Maian (photo via YouTube)

By FCF Staff

Demian Maia has been calling for one more, farewell fight under the UFC banner. But, as it stands right now, it doesn’t look likely.

The 43-year-old, longtime contender recently completed his UFC contract, in a decision loss he incurred against Belal Muhammad. After the bout, UFC President Dana White relayed he thought Maia’s run with the promotion was probably done.

Now it’s being reported that Maia has been removed from the UFC roster, as have Jimmie Rivera and  Christian Aguilera.

The news comes not long after Maia told MMA Fighting he’s hoping to fight one more time in the Octagon.

“I’ve fought my entire life in the UFC. That’s my home,” Maia said. “I want to do one last fight there, and I think it depends on what happens in Brazil. That’s a feeling my manager and I have. If they are having shows with fans here soon, I think that will draw interest from the UFC to have me fighting. I’m waiting and seeing what happens, but I do want to fight one last fight. I’m still training twice a day.”

If Maia is done fighting, the veteran fighter will hang up the gloves having gone 28-11. The renowned grappler challenged for both the middleweight and welterweight titles during his UFC run.

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posted by FCF Staff @ 10:30 am
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