Jiu-Jitsu and ADCC 2007 star Demian Maia had a crack at the UFC middleweight title back in 2010, even racked up five back-to-back submission wins in the promotion.
Now after his participation in the main card at UFC on Fox 2 last Saturday, the Brazilian black belt had a chat with GRACIEMAG.com in which he recognized where he went wrong. Coming up, Demian Maia addresses his tactics and points out the mistakes he has identified and the lessons he has derived since dropping a unanimous decision to the tough young Chris Weidman, another ADCC alumnus.
“I really put a lot of faith in my standup, since I felt quick and heavy handed, and thought I could knock him out boxing. I based my strategy on that confidence, which in fact wasn’t what I had agreed to do with my trainers,” said Demian. “I was confident and believed in it; that’s why I took that risk. That was my belief at that time,” he admitted to reporter Junior Samurai, while also remembering that Weidman is quite a piece of work on the ground himself.
Fired up to win the fight by knockout, the Jiu-Jitsu champ ended up running out of steam and unable to rally back.
“I was in great shape for this fight, really well prepared. Now I don’t know if it was the adrenaline from wanting the knockout too much; that could have sapped my energy,” Maia added.
TARGET VICTORY, NOT JUST THE KNOCKOUT
“The lesson I ended up learning was that all I should be thinking about is winning. In this fight, I went in dead set on getting the knockout and, after staggering him standing, getting him to the ground to finish him. But I think I have to start fighting with winning on my mind, fighting to always be in a dominant position, and that’s not what I did. I went in there thinking about ending the fight, and that wore me out a lot, hindered me. I should have fought thinking about winning, no matter what. Because I already knew he’d taken me down, so my goal should have been to score too, to get a takedown back on him, like I always used to do,” recalled the Fabio Gurgel black belt.
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