Demian Maia only has about a month to prepare for one of the biggest (if not the biggest) fight of his career. A lot of fighters would be complaining about the short time frame, but not Demian Maia, who sees little use in complaining about the things he can not control.
Speaking to the folks at AG Fight, he is clear that he is focused on only one thing … being crowned the champion at UFC 214.
“The bad side is that we’re used to one kind of training camp, and this is the shortest camp I’ve ever since I first started in the UFC, and it just so happens to be the most important of my 25 fights. But we took the fight because we want to be champions.”
“We have to look forward, work and do our best to be 100% when the time comes. There’s nothing to be sorry about, now. We already cried a little bit among ourselves. We didn’t talk to the press about it because we didn’t see a reason to.”
On a card headlined by a grudge match between champion Daniel Cormier and former champion, Jon Jones, Demian Maia is expected to give Tyron Woodley all that he can handle at UFC 214. One thing is for sure,Tyron Woodley has never squared off against a fighter like Demian Maia who leans heavily on his world class Jiu Jitsu, using that strategy to climb back into title contention.
UFC 214 is going to be a good card! Let’s hope that Jon Jones can keep his … um … nose clean so the fans can have the card we deserve.
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.