Demian Maia thinks he should be next in line for UFC Welterweight Championship bout

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Demian Maia (photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USAToday Sports)

“That’s what I want. I know many things can happen, but I’m ready for the title any time I can fight for that. I’m already training a little bit, but I want this chance… [My manager] is talking to them. You know what I see, Rory [MacDonald] has a fight coming up, he just fought for the title. [Johny] Hendricks is fighting. Pretty much there is me and [Tyron] Woodley so I think I deserve to fight for the title. I’m asking for that because that’s the way you get the chance. You’ve got to fight, you’ve got to do well but you’ve got to ask if you want the title, you really need to push for that. My style is not so loud but I want to fight for the title.”

-Demian Maia talks to and expresses his desire for a shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship.

Penick’s Analysis: If the main event between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit hadn’t played out as it did, Maia would have a case for the shot. As it stands, the rematch is the way to go, and the UFC should book Maia and Woodley against one another to determine the potential next contender. Johny Hendricks has a case himself if he beats Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, but Maia’s absolutely in the mix, and a win over Woodley would be a huge statement.

[Photo (c) Gary A. Vasquez via USA Today Sports]

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