Grappling legend Demian Maia says that his next fight will probably be his last inside the Octagon and wants it to be against Donald Cerrone or Diego Sanchez.
Demian Maia was bested by Gilbert Burns in their bout at last weekend’s UFC Brasilia. Burns was able to put Maia down with a punch, before finishing him with a barrage of hammer fists.
This was only the 2nd time in Maia’s professional career that he was stopped via strikes.
Following his loss to Burns, Maia spoke with Brazilian media, revealing that he only has 1 fight left on his contract. He plans to honour his contract, with his next fight most likely being his last one inside the Octagon.
Maia also revealed that his ideal opponent would be either Donald Cerrone or Diego Sanchez. See what the Brazilian legend had to say below:
“I want one more and then probably retire,” Maia said.
“There’s two guys. One is Diego Sanchez, because he’s been asking for this fight for a long time so I want to fight him in the last fight. A good last fight because he’s a old legend, too. The other one is Cerrone, also would be interesting because he has one win more than I,” Maia said.
Demian Maia, 42, is one of the oldest fighters on the UFC roster. A farewell bout against a fellow veteran like Sanchez or Cerrone would be a good option for the Brazilian legend.
Prior to his loss to Gilbert Burns at UFC Brasilia, Maia was riding a 3-fight winning streak with notable wins over Lyman Good, Anthony Rocco Martin and Ben Askren.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 16th March, 2020.