Demian Maia Wants to Fight Nate Diaz in “Last MMA Bout”
By FCF Staff
Following UFC 263, Dana White relayed he believes Demian Maia’s career is likely over. But, the vaunted grappler has announced he wants to fight one more time, and he’s hoping to face Nate Diaz.
The 43-year-old Maia faced Belal Muhammad on Saturday, and lost the bout via unanimous decision. It was Maia’s second straight defeat, as he was coming off a stoppage loss to Gilbert Burns last year.
Due to Maia’s age, and because he’s acknowledged retirement is around the corner, there has been speculation about whether the Brazilian has fought for the final time. But, more recently, the longtime contender shared out this statement.
Last night I tried hard and unfortunately wasn’t able to put my best performance. As frustrated as I am, I kept trying until the end and that’s in the past now. I’m already looking forward as I know time goes by fast, and I won’t be doing this much longer.
@natediaz209 , I saw your quote on the press conference, and think you’re great too. You’re a great fighter who also represents Jiu Jitsu and you’re real, I respect that.
Regardless of last night, I know I still have one fight left in me, and it’s no secret that I feel like @UFC is my home, where I want to finish my career.
Now, I have no idea if they will give me another fight, but if they do, I would be honored to do my last MMA bout with you, someone who always come to fight, who represents BJJ and whom I respect.
I have had a long career, fought pretty much everybody, and proudly represented Jiu Jitsu the best I could. If I have one more, I don’t want to waste it with someone who I don’t respect. So If you want it, and the UFC wants to do it, it will happen, and it will be my last dance.
Diaz also fought at UFC 263 and lost via decision to top welterweight contender, Leon Edwards.