Demian Maia eyes Nick Diaz bout for August UFC in Rio


With all of the top UFC Welterweights tied up in high-level bouts at the moment (except perhaps Carlos Condit), contender Demian Maia apparently has only one man in his sights. That man is Nick Diaz, who was revealed as Maia’s next target by Ariel Helwani on last night’s episode of “UFC Tonight.” Helwani had the following to say on the potential blockbuster bout between two BJJ experts:

Demian Maia’s manager Eduardo Alonso says that Demian’s anxious to get back. Demian wants to return on the August 3rd card in Rio, and he’d be honored to fight Nick Diaz. They have a lot of respect for Diaz. This fight makes a lot of sense. If you look at the welterweight rankings, everyone else is booked or just fought. They’re ranked fifth and sixth and would make a lot of sense.”

Indeed, this fight could make a ton of sense for both fighters involved, as Diaz needs a top opponent to prove his worth and stay relevant, while Maia could use the bout as a huge stepping-stone. A ground war between Diaz and Maia could be a site to behold, with the slight edge going to BJJ World Champion Maia. On the feet, however, it’s obvious that Diaz would hold the decided advantage.

As both are ranked close to one another, it would seem that there’s really no other logical step for the UFC to take. But Nick Diaz is still in his post-fight ‘retirement’ stage, and there’s been no official word stating if he will come back or not. It’s hard to believe that he’ll stay retired for good, and a win over Maia would be huge for Diaz, who hasn’t tasted victory since October of 2011.

What do you think as fans? Is this the bout that will catapult Demian Maia into the top rungs of the UFC 170 lb. division? Or is it a chance for Nick Diaz to prove that he’s still near the top of the food chain?

  • Smart move for Maia, very big name and the fight will create a lot of publicity.
    As well as that, he would win EASILY.
    Basically miles better at everything in MMA, except from striking.
    He could take him down at will and out-grapple him all day once down there, with a chance of subbing him.

    Diaz won't take it, not saying he is scared but he is too stuck up to take a fight which isn't one of the top 5 stars in the sport…

    • Wrong. Maia doesn't have GSP level take downs and even GSP was having trouble getting it to the ground once Diaz got his timing. Diaz is a very tough fight for Maia.

      • I disagree. He doesn't have GSP level wrestling, but his take downs are top notch.

        • Yeah. Maia even took Chael Sonnen down once. No way he could do it whenever he wants but that is still quite a feat. Especially for a guy that's now a Welterweight.

      • and hopefully they can finish each other because base on there resume of there current fights, i mean most of there wins came via decision, diaz is a boring fighter its just make it entertaining because of taunting the opponent and in the weigh in, talking smash to the opponent other than that his a boring fighter just like keith farrel boring comments.

      • @IchokePeople
        lol you are WRONG.
        "Maia doesn't have GSP level take downs", umm most people don't have as good takedowns as the best takedown artist in MMA history.

        You think he would even break a sweat taking down Nick Diaz, who is known for having terrible takedown defense, when he took Jon Fitch down just as easy if not easier than GSP did?
        If Maia wants Nick down, it goes down.

  • Sub Diaz Maia and retire the clown.

  • Diaz will catch Maia coming in but once he gets a hold it will be like the fitch fight, UD Maia. After which DW will take great joy in cutting Nick knowing he will want to come back and then baby hilter will get him at a lower rate, typical promoter scum bs.

  • Future WW champ, Demian Maia.

  • Maia will be champ sooner or later but this is a bad match for him. On the ground he clearly has an edge. He will have a harder time getting it there than you guys seem to think. Once he got Georges' timing down Nick was shrugging off a good percentage of his take downs. Maia has good take downs but not GSP good. On the feet Diaz has a HUGE advantage. I can see this fight going either way but I think I might take Diaz in the picks. I think Maia actually stacks up better against GSP than he does against Diaz.

    • "I think Maia actually stacks up better against GSP than he does against Diaz" – interesting thought.

      • interesting yes, interesting as in how he could type that and be serious about it

    • @choke

      Nick was not shrugging off GSP's takedowns. He did good in stopping 1, maybe 2 but George wasn't 100% commiting and he still got numerous after those ones were stopped.
      Diaz has an advatange in stand up but not like Anderson Silva where he keeps you at range and picks you apart, Diaz gets in close and goes to war… what happens when you are that close? Easy to get a hold of and there is Maia's takedown.

  • ….This fight makes alot of sense because there is no point giving Maia an opponent with no jujitsu who will just quickly get submitted or controlled.
    excited to see this fight

  • This is the perfect test for both guys.

  • satellite man your comments are just the same. Boooooo