Demian Maia — former UFC welterweight title contender and fourth-degree BJJ black belt — is making no excuses for his loss to Colby Covington this weekend at UFC Fight Night 119 in his hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil. But he is not letting that loss get him down.
Demian made a post earlier today about his loss, saying that while his opponent deserved the victory, he was leaving his head high:
Quero agradecer o apoio e a torcida de todos, em mais uma etapa nesse meu caminho. A grande lição do esporte é saber que…
TRANSLATION: I want to thank everyone for their support and cheers in one more step on this path. The great lesson of the sport is to know that competing always brings lessons, and we have to be thankful for victory and defeat for learning. I did my best, I made a few mistakes and I got a little moved, which may have hampered the execution of my strategy, but that does not detract from my opponent, who deserved the victory, and I leave my head held high knowing that I fulfilled my role as best I can, and I move on to the next step of the journey. Thank you all!
Maia is currently riding a two-fight losing streak, but he is still arguably one of the greatest grapplers in MMA history. Despite being 39 years old, Maia has taken down some of the top fighters in one of the most stacked divisions in the world’s top MMA promotion. For instance, Demian submitted former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit in the first round of their fight at UFC on Fox last year.
Demian Maia has every right to keep his head held high.