After watching Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather go toe to toe this last weekend (and rack up big $$$), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt, Demian Maia would also like a crack at Conor McGregor in a BJJ match. Before some of you people go and get all technical, Demian Maia was just joking for the most part. McGregor lasted 10 rounds with the legendary boxer, but a fight against Maia would be far shorter and almost every BJJ practitioner knows this.
Demian Maia jokingly told Combate, “If Conor wanted to have a jiu-jitsu fight against me, that would be interesting. Obviously, for people in the fight business, this was nothing but a big marketing campaign to generate money. We had a fighter who’s not a boxer, trying his best against an expert.
“After the third round, Mayweather controlled the fight as he pleased. Even people who don’t follow the fight world wanted to watch it, because of all the buzz that was created. I saw a lot of people who don’t follow it, talking about it. It’s more about entertainment, really. I don’t think it’s a more interesting fight than Lyoto Machida against Derek Brunson, for example. What’s interesting is watching the show after this big circus they put up.”
After losing to Tyron Woodley in an absolute yawnfest (Sorry Woodley fans, but you know it’s true.),Demian Maia will now meet Colby Covington at UFC Fight Night 119, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 28. The card will be headlined by a middleweight fight between Machida and Brunson.
Andy Gonzalez is a coach at Aces Jiu Jitsu Club. He has earned his purple belt under Professor Mikal Abdullah. Follow Andy on Twitter at @GoGoGonzilla
Andy lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Amanda and their 3 beautiful children. Andy is also the father of a Marine who is honorably serving in the United States Marine Corps.