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Old 12-20-2009, 05:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Maia: "I’m getting a lot better standing up"

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After the knock out suffered to Nate Marquardt, Demian Maia is training hard to don’t be surprised again. Maia faces Dan Miller on his return to UFC, in February, and is sharpening the Boxe in Salvador, Bahia. In a chat with TATAME, Demian talked about his trainings, evaluated his category, talked about combats that will happen on UFC and other subjects. Check below the complete interview with the black belt.



How are the trainings?

Are excellent, I’m here in Salvador, training with the guys here, I also train in São Paulo with my Boxe teacher… I have a lot of good people to train with me, my physical prepare is excellent, I can focus here in Bahia, I don’t have the worries that I have in São Paulo, I have a Jiu-Jitsu train with quality… I’m fine.



You were close to fight for the belt, but you suffered that defeat to Nate… What do you bring new to your return against Dan Miller, to don’t be surprised?

Surprises always happen and I can’t say that it will never happen anymore, because it always can happen. I always trained a lot, but now I have a different focus, investing in all I need, I’m doing everything I can to be better every way and modalities.



Do you know his game?

I know that he fights well standing up and on the ground, he won a lot by submission, but I didn’t start to study him yet. I didn’t receive, but I’ll get his DVD to watch the fights. To me, clinch is always a good deal. Besides I’m getting a lot better standing up, my weapon is Jiu-Jitsu, and my stand up may be a secret weapon.



Middleweight category is one of the most disputed on UFC...

That’s true, there’s a lot of great guys with me, I think that it will mess out a little now. They’re having difficulties to find someone to face Anderson, it seems that they will put Vitor Belfort now… This category has (Michael) Bisping, Wanderlei (Silva), Nate (Marquardt), Anderson, who’s the champion, there’s a lot of good guys… I think that a lot of things will change, let’s see what will happen. I saw that I was rated in fourth on the category, below Nate and Anderson.



How do you analyze the combat between Vitor and Anderson?

Everyone I know and that knows both doesn’t risk to preview, no one knows who will win. It’s a very complicated fight for both, to the audience is gonna be great, an excellent fight. Vitor is an explosive guy, strong on the beginning, like a swimming competition. Vitor has a lot o chances on the beginning and Anderson is very technical. If he carries the fight and brings Vitor to his game, he will grow.



What can the fans expect of your return?

They can expect for the same aggressive fighter of always, but with more experience, knowledge and much more will on the octagon, and always trying to give the best show as possible. I like to fight to the audience, is very important on the show.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Talking Woke Up

I guess he realized after getting knocked into the air that striking plays a role in MMA in addition to grappling!
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great interview, way more like Maia then the fake interview before where he was calling out Nate.



I find it total bullshit though that Maia helps guys like JDS, A. Silva, Lil Nog etc with their jiu-jitsu but he ends up training stand-up with lower ranked strikers like Wanderlei and this Boxe gym (a sister gym to the old Chutebox gyms or something?). I don't get it. All the help he gives top tier strikers and he's not getting the help he needs back.
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i like the title quote, you would tend to get better at standing up when you get knocked down enough times
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The man only got knocked down once and he went airborn before he hit the mat!
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Thats good to hear, Maia will be a threat even with decent stand-up which can set up a takedown. You always felt that Marquart would blow him away if the fight was on the feet long enough.
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The man only got knocked down once and he went airborn before he hit the mat!
And he's got an epic chin, the dude was still concious after it.
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And he's got an epic chin, the dude was still concious after it.
Yeah i thought maia chin is very solid . nate have HEAVY hands and he caught him Clean in the air , and maia was still there .
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Yeah I'm sure he never lost consciousness but he might've been in shock cause he didn't react right away when he landed!
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KO'd or not Nate could have had his way with him, he was tore up from the floor up

funny how guys like Khovs thinking works.... Maia has an IRON CHIN for getting devastated by the 1st punch of the fight and being KO'd.... Cain has no chin for taking 3 MASSIVE shots from one of the most powerful HWs in the game and not only doesnt crumble, he gets the takedown and dominated... but that = no chin hahahaha
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