Demian Maia turned back the clock Saturday night at UFC Fortaleza, getting back in the win column with his dominant first-round submission victory over Lyman Good.
Following his impressive performance, the 41-year-old submission specialist spoke with media where he hinted at who he would like to fight next – a new addition to the welterweight division, Michael Chiesa.
“After he (Chiesa) won against Condit, a lot of people went to my Twitter page and started to talk about him fighting me and I got interested.”
Maia being the class act that he is, generally isn’t the type to call out an opponent and he also touched on this following his win. “I don’t like to call (out) opponents, but it came to my mind because people keep asking me that.”
Maia also spoke of when and where he would like this fight to take place, and it’s sooner rather than later – UFC 237 which is scheduled to take place May 11 in Curitiba, Brazil.
“Curitiba would be great because the feeling is amazing. I fought there with Matt Brown – 45,000 people in May 2016, almost three years ago. It’s so cool to fight there in front of all those people. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s a feeling I want to have one more time before I finish my career,” Maia said.
Following his win, as reported by Sherdog.com, Maia also revealed how many fights he has left on his current UFC contract.
“I have two more fights on (my UFC) contract. I would like to fight at the next event in Brazil to keep up, then one more, and then decide my life, whether I continue or stop.”
After his big win, he is currently #8 in the official UFC welterweight rankings.