"Still while as a kid Demian Maia had his first contact with the fighting world. First with judo, then with karate, and soon with kung-fu, which he practiced for seven years. But it was only at the age of 19, already envisioning a career in MMA, that he started to practice the martial art that would become his great passion: jiu-jitsu.

Demian dedicated himself intensely to the sport, as much as often training three or four times per day. From white to black belt he took 4 years and 7 months of training, pretty much a record for those days' standards in Brazil.That much dedication got him 5 world titles, 1 pan-american, 2 north-americans, 1 ADCC, 1 Brazilian e 7 Sao Paulo state championships of jiu-jitsu.


Along his efforts in the "Smooth Art" (As Jiu Jitsu is also known), Demian Maia was gradually "putting on" his MMA gloves. His first professional bout was in 2001, in Venezuela. Five more bouts followed, including the impressive Super Challenge championship win, winning three fights in one night in late 2006, and finally in 2007 he was invited to compete in the most prestigious MMA event in the world, the UFC.

Nowadays Demian has already 17 fights in the famous promotion, with 12 wins! He also won four times the event's submission of the night award, a record at that time. For 13 fights, from 2007 to 2012, Demian competed as a Middleweight in the UFC, even competing for the belt against the fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva in 2012, at UFC 112, losing the fight at the judges' decision after all five rounds of the bout.

 In 2012 he decided to move down to the Welterweight division, and has scored three streak dominant wins ever since, positioning himself as number 4 in the UFC official Rankings and already being cogitated as a possible future challenger for the Canadian's Georges St. Pierre' world title. As a Welterweight Demian defeated South Korean Dong Hyun Kim by TKO in the first round at UFC 148 in July of 2012 in Las Vegas, submitted North American Rick Story with a choke at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro in October, and defeated also North American Jon Fitch by unanimous judges' decision at UFC 156on February 2nd of 2013. Demian continues his path in the fighting world, being considered one of the main representatives of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the octagon."



UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • Win     24–6   Carlos Condit - Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on FOX 21: Maia vs. Condit
  • Win     23–6   Matt Brown - Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic
  • Win     22–6   Gunnar Nelson - Decision (unanimous) UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor
  • Win     21–6   Neil Magny - Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia
  • Win     20–6   Ryan LaFlare - Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare
  • Win     19–6    Alexander Yakovlev - Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale
  • Loss    18–6    Rory MacDonald - Decision (unanimous) UFC 170
  • Loss    18–5    Jake Shields  - Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields
  • Win     18–4    Jon Fitch -  Decision (unanimous) UFC 156
  • Win     17–4    Rick Story - Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 153
  • Win     16–4    Dong Hyun Kim - TKO (muscle spasm) UFC 148
  • Loss    15–4    Chris Weidman - Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis
  • Win     15–3    Jorge Santiago - Decision (unanimous) UFC 136
  • Loss    14–3    Mark Muñoz  - Decision (unanimous) UFC 131
  • Win     14–2    Kendall Grove - Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale
  • Win     13–2    Mario Miranda - Decision (unanimous) UFC 118
  • Loss    12–2    Anderson Silva - Decision (unanimous) UFC 112
  • Win     12–1     Dan Miller - Decision (unanimous) UFC 109
  • Loss    11–1      Nate Marquardt -  KO (punch) UFC 102
  • Win     11–0     Chael Sonnen - Submission (triangle choke) UFC 95
  • Win     10–0    Nate Quarry - Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 91
  • Win     9–0     Jason MacDonald - Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 87
  • Win     8–0     Ed Herman - Technical Submission (mounted triangle choke) UFC 83
  • Win     7–0     Ryan Jensen - Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 77


    • Win     6–0     Ryan Stout  - TKO (shoulder injury) GFC: Evolution
    • Win     5–0     Fabio Nascimento - Submission (guillotine choke) Super Challenge 1
    • Win     4–0     Gustavo Machado - Decision (unanimous) Super Challenge 1
    • Win     3–0      Vitelmo Bandeira - Submission (rear-naked choke) Super Challenge 1
    • Win     2–0      Łukasz Chlewicki - Submission (armbar)  The Cage Vol. 4 - Redemption
    • Win     1–0       Raul Sosa - TKO (punches)  Tormenta en el Ring



    UFC - ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

    • ADCC 2007 77–87 kg: 1st place
    • ADCC 2005 77–87 kg: 2nd place

    CBJJ World Championships

    • 2001 Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 2nd Place
    • 2000 Purple Belt Medio-Pesado: 1st Place
    • 1999 Blue Belt Medio: 2nd Place

    CBJJ Brazilian Championships

    • 2006 Black Belt Absolute: 2nd Place & Black Belt Medium Heavy: 3rd Place
    • 2002 Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 3rd Place
    • 2001 Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 1st Place & Brown Belt Medio-Pesado: 3rd Place

    CBJJ Brazilian Team Championships

    • 2003 Brown/Black Pesada: Master, 1st Place
    • 2002 Brown/Black Pesada: Alliance, 2nd Place
    • 2001 Brown/Black Pesada: Alliance, 1st Place
    • 2000 Purple Belt Pesada: Alliance, 1st Place

    CBJJO Copa Del Mundo

    • 2005 −85 kg Black Belt: 1st Place
    • 2003 Black Belt Meio Pesado: 3rd Place & Black Belt Absolute: 1st Place
    • 2002 Black Belt Meio Pesado: 1st Place & Black Belt Absolute: 2nd Place