Demian Maia has been the best flag bearer for Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the octagon for quite some time. The 40-year-old Brazilian ace has a fight record of 25-8.
Maia, who is set to take on rising contender, Kamaru Usman this Saturday in the main event of UFC Chile on May 19. He stepped in as a late day replacement.
Maia recently revealed he has a timeline in mind for retiring: “I’m okay, I’m happy, the UFC’s happy, I think everything is set up right now. For me, it’s going to be a challenge for sure but I’m thinking that… I want to fight this year. Maybe next year finish these fights on my contract. You know I love to fight and I’m still performing well doing training camps but I don’t know if I’m still fighting after next year. This could be my last contract with the UFC then after that, I’m retired.
Yeah, I think so [that these last four fights will be it]. Not because I don’t like or enjoy [fighting], almost 11 years in this game, UFC and it’s a lot of commitment, a lot of pressure. And also I want to have different projects that I like to do and I want to be a little bit more with family and kids and give more time for them also.”http://jiu-jitsu.news/demian-maia-targets-retirement-date/