Demian Maia says move to Welterweight could be nextPosted on March 5, 2012, 02:57 PM by Joey Santosus
"It has not been decided yet. I’ve always said (competing at Welterweight) was a possibility. I’m getting healed from my hand (surgery), which is almost good. ... Now that I’m not training and eating what I want I weight 194lbs, more or less. I usually have to make much effort to keep 198lbs and I gotta eat a lot not to lose weight because it’s easy for me. When it’s close to the fight I cut weight and leave the last 11, 13lbs to lose at the very end." - For complete interview with Demian Maia, visit Tatame.com
It appears Demian Maia could be headed south for lighter pastures.
Since having his 6-1 stint in the UFC culminate in a failed attempt at dethroning Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, Maia has experienced mixed results at 185, posting a 3-2 mark in his last five outings. After his most recent defeat at the hands of Chris Weidman, Maia has revealed a move to Welterweight could be in his not-so-distant future.
Currently sidelined with a hand-injury, the Brazilian's return date is unclear. But, should he elect to join the pack at 170-pounds, Maia says that, for him, losing weight is "easy." So, what's the word LowKick'ers? Can Maia make a successful run in the ever-competitive Welterweight division, or should the perennial contender remain focused on the Middleweight strap?