After going undefeated int 2015 and beating the likes of Gunnar Nelson and Neil Magny in his past two fights, the 38-year-old fighter Demian Maia hopes that he would one day get another title shot before he calls it quits.
“That’s what I want,” he confessed as reported by MMAFighting.com “I know many things can happen, but I think I’m ready for the title. Anytime, I can fight for that. I’m already training, a little bit and easy, but I want this chance.”
With current UFC welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler wiping out most of the competition which includes Johnny Hendricks, Carlos Condit and Rory MaCdonald, Maia suggested that it is his turn to fight and only he and Tyron Woodley are the ones left for Lawler to fight.
“Pretty much there’s me and [Tyron] Woodley and I think I deserve to fight for the title,” he argued. “I’m asking for that because that’s the way you get the chance. You gotta fight, you gotta do well. When you get asked if you want the title, you really need to push for that. That’s why I want to do it my style, not do it so loud, but I want to fight for the title.”
Currently ranked as the 5th contender to the welterweight title, Maia would like to get his shot soon and even if he has to go through Tyron Woodley – who is currently ranked 2nd top contender in the division.
“I want to fight with somebody that takes me to the title if I win,” he explained. “I think the fights would make more sense would be Woodley or Matt Brown, who is tied near with me in the rankings and Woodley also. That’s the fights that would make more sense, but, of course, if I can choose today, I would say I don’t want to fight with those guys. I want to fight for a title.”
For now, all he wants UFC to hear is that he would offer anything to get a chance to fight again for the title. But with a pending Condit-Lawler rematch or a Lawler-Woodley match up, future seems dim for the title shot but Maia will have to do whatever it takes.
“For the title, I would do anything,” Maia continued. “For the title, if they say, ‘Ok, let’s sit and wait,’, I will sit and wait because I know it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”