Demian Maia Proposes Bouts With Diego Sanchez or “Cowboy” Cerrone For Final Fight
By FCF Staff
After being stopped by Gilbert Burns on Saturday at UFC Brasilia, Demian Maia has confirmed his remarkable career will likely end after one more bout.
The longtime contender faced Burns in the card’s co-main event, and Maia was stopped in the opening round. The renowned grappler took Burns down not long into the fight. But, the welterweight worked his way up-and-out, and eventually floored Maia with a huge left. After Burns landed numerous shots from above the fight was called.
After the bout, the 42-year-old Maia had this to say about the stoppage and his future (quote via MMA Fighting):
“The referee said that he thought I was out and that’s OK,” Maia said. “That’s the sport. I was feeling good. I was getting good in the jiu-jitsu positions but he got me well with that over hook. So you come back to training and do one more fight and that’s it.
“Unfortunately, the referee stopped it. I thought I could go a little bit more but it is what it is.”
When asked who he would like to fight in his final bout, Maia brought up the following names:
“There’s two guys — one is Diego Sanchez, because he’s been asking for this fight for a long time so I want to fight him in the last fight,” Maia explained. “A good last fight because he’s a old legend, too.
“The other one is [Donald] Cerrone, also would be interesting because he has one win more [in the UFC] than I [do].”
Maia, who had won three in a row prior to fighting Burns, now carries a record of 28-10.