Demian Maia’s MMA career is coming to a close. Fans know it, his fellow fighters know it, and even he knows it by now.

After back-to-back losses to Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad, it’s pretty clear that Maia’s best days are already behind him. However, the 43-year-old grappling wizards wants once final match up in the octagon before he officially calls it quits.

“I’ve fought my entire life in the UFC. That’s my home,” Maia said, via MMA Figthing. “I want to do one last fight there, and I think it depends on what happens in Brazil. That’s a feeling my manager and I have. If they are having shows with fans here soon, I think that will draw interest from the UFC to have me fighting. I’m waiting and seeing what happens, but I do want to fight one last fight. I’m still training twice a day.”

While Maia never reached the top of the UFC’s upper echelon, he will always be remembered as one of the most technical fighters the promotion has ever seen.

It’s only fitting that he deserves a final lucrative fight against a fellow veteran. A potential bout with either Diaz brother (Nick or Nate) is reportedly on the cards, along with a match-up with Donald Cerrone. However, nothing has materialized just yet.

While Maia is no longer a hot ticket in the MMA circle, he’s still a hot commodity in the jiu-jitsu community. A lot of jiu-jitsu promotions are already lining up to sign him. But for now, Maia wants that swan song in the UFC, and the promotion better give him a damn good one.


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