UFC’s no. 1 middleweight title contender Demian Maia is currently preparing for his title fight against 185-pound champion Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva. Their bout is scheduled to take place this upcoming Saturday as part of the UFC 112 main event in Abu Dhabi.
Maia is well known for winning the 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship and 2007 Super Challenge under 83 kg belt. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master admits that his game plan is of no surprise, he wants to take Silva to the ground and submit him since it is his biggest strength when it comes to mixed martial arts. In fact he tells us that he has been focusing a lot on his wrestling in order surpass Silva’s world class defensive takedowns.
From Demian Maia:
“I put a little bit more attention in wrestling because that’s what I need to do in this fight. I need to take Anderson down…Anderson Silva is awesome, he was good from the top, from the bottom, (I was thinking) how I’m going to win? How I’m going to win? And I just came there, I keep very concentrated and I end up world champion in that year. I won the guy and the guy was voted in 2004 and 2005 the best jujitsu fighter in the world…So I think I (pass it) for this kind of situation before, to fight like the best in the world, and it will help me…(Fighting in Abu Dhabi) I’m pretty happy to fight there because actually what drew me to the UFC was my win in the Abu Dhabi 2007 (submission grappling tournament). So ADCC, the Abu Dhabi Combat Club is something that… I’m very glad that I was fighting there and I won. And now I can come back and fight, again.”