Demian Maia challenges McGregor to BJJ match

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Maia compared the gentle art to boxing as he called out the Irishman. Eduardo Ferreira

Demian Maia will soon be back in the Octagon. After unsuccessfully facing Tyron Woodley for the welterweight belt, the Brazilian submission artist will take on Colby Covington at UFC Sao Paulo, on October 28.

With the event drawing close, the UFC held on Tuesday a press conference with Demian alongside Machida and Derek Brunson — the latter two being set to do the main fight.

As expected, the duel between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather was discussed, and Maia had some thoughts just waiting for the right question to be asked. “Look,” he told the press room, “I have no plans to go into boxing. But, if McGregor wants a superfight in BJJ, I’m in.”

About the Mayweather fight, he added: “Much more than the fight, what was put in place was a piece of marketing to generate money. Conor did well, lasted ten rounds, but it was noticeable that Floyd controlled the contest from round three.”

“BJJ,” he went on, “is a fundamental art. Conor challenged Floyd and fought for ten rounds against the greatest of all time. Now, if it were Floyd challenging a beginner — a blue-belt, or even a white-belt with some training, — he would last just a few minutes.”

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