In the main event of UFC Singapore yesterday (Sat. October 26, 2019), Demian Maia pulled off a big submission win over Ben Askren. After some fun grappling exchanges for the first few rounds, Maia was able to lock in a deep rear-naked choke towards the end of the third round.

Askren was rendered unconscious, awarding the Brazilian the submission win. Now, Maia is sneaking back into the title hunt with a win over “Funky” He took to Instagram to release a classy statement after his big win. Here’s what he had to say.

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“Thank you all very much for the support, and for the countless kind messages I received! Last night meant a lot to me, cause it’s no secret that representing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it’s more than a mission for me, it’s a life long choice that I made. You don’t represent a martial art only by fighting, let alone winning, you do it day by day, trough the examples we set and the legacy we leave for other people.

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“I feel privileged to be able to deliver my best and represent our martial art. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Thank you @benaskren as well, for the fight and for giving me the opportunity to challenge myself and continue to seek my evolution. He is a very high-level athlete, a U.S. National Champ in Wrestling, and a former Olympic athlete.

“I have a lot of respect for him, and to compete against him was a challenge that drove us to our max, seeking new alternatives and ideas to develop a different strategy, revisiting techniques and changing habits. It was a privilege to have had this opportunity, and I still intend to one day have also the privilege to train a bit with him.”

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It will be interesting to see who Maia and Askren are matched up with moving forward.

What do you think about Maia’s comments after his UFC Singapore win?