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Demian Maia is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and a professional Mixed Martial Artist (MMA fighter), having been at the top of the game in both sports with titles such as World Cup Champion (BJJ – 2002 & 2003), ADCC Champion (Submission Wrestling – 2007) and a failed title shot at the UFC Middleweight belt (April 2010). Demian also had one of the UFC’s longest successful runs with 7 successive fights won by way of Submission. Demian Maia was also one of the main figures at the heart of the Alliance team split in the early 2000′s, which gave birth to the Brasa BJJ team.

Demian Maia Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Demian Maia Baptista

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fabio Gurgel > Demian Maia

Main Achievements (BJJ/MMA/Grappling):

  • ADCC Champion (2007);
  • World Champion (2000 – Purple Belt);
  • ADCC Silver Medallist (2005);
  • 3x Brazilian World Cup Champion (2002, 2003 Open Weight, 2005 – CBJJO)

Favorite Technique/Position: Triangle Choke

Weight Division:

  • BJJ – Médio (Middleweight) 82Kg-181Lbs
  • MMA – Middleweight & welterweight

Team/Association: Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu

Demian Maia Biography

Demian Maia was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the 6th of November 1977. His fist contact with the Martial Arts world was through Judo at the tender age of 4, a sport that he practiced for 2 years. After an inactivity period, he started taking Karate and Kung-Fu classes by his own initiative. He was 12 and he trained in both these sports until he was 19, when he picked up BJJ. The decision to drop the more traditional martial arts (Karate and Kung Fu), came after he watched an MMA event in the town of Ibrabuera, Brazil, were all 3 of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu representatives easily won their respective fights without much effort.

He picked up BJJ at the same time he entered University to study Journalism, and his first Jiu Jitsu academy was Fabio Araujo’s place (who was a Brown Belt at the time under Carlson Gracie). Demian decided to move away from this gym after making the decision to dedicate his time to BJJ and possibly becoming a professional athlete (even though he continued his studies in Journalism).

He seeked Fabio Gurgel and his Alliance team academy in Sao Paulo’s Centre, with whom he stayed until graduating as Black Belt in a staggering 4 years and 7 months. Although this is an amazingly short period to reach black belt, Demian Maia was training BJJ 2 to 3 times per day and competing in all the main Tournaments (and winning), earning the World Title in the lower belts (purple and Brown) two years on a row. Before earning his Black belt, Demian Maia had his first MMA experience at the “Tormenta Del Ring” tournament in Venezuela (2001).

Demian was also at the centre of a revolution that almost caused Alliance team’s demise when in 2002 him and a few others decided to fight in CBJJO’s (Confederacao de Jiu Jitsu Olimpico) World Cup, just a few days prior to the World Championships (CBJJ) against Fabio Gurgel and Jacare Romero’s instructions. The reason these fighters fought in the Cup was because CBJJO offered a prize money, which the World Championships didn’t and Demian along with the others (Rodrigo Comprido, Leo Vieira, Terere and “Rico” Vieira) believed a fighter should get paid for his hard work.

After the refusal to take Gurgel’s orders, the fighters were penalized and denied entrance the World Championships under the Alliance Banner as well as refused entrance in their gym for undetermined time. Being given these orders the fighters led by Leozinho Vieira decided to go ahead with their own team, and so “Brasa” was formed. Demian continued to fight for Brasa until he decided to pick MMA as his main activity, sport in which he has been very successful. Going through a series of minor shows throughout Brazil and even Finland, he joined the biggest MMA organization of all, the UFC were he had a fantastic run, winning several “Submission of the Night” bonus prizes. You can see him now in a UFC event near you, and we advise you not to miss him.

Demian Maia Grappling Record

    9 (56%)
    2 (13%)
    3 (19%)
    1 (6%)
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
    3 (43%)
    1 (14%)
    1 (14%)
    1 (14%)
    1 (14%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Brabo choke

Demian Maia Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
541Roger GracieRoger GracieLPointsTeam NationalsO88kg1/4 final2003
835Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 0x0, PenADCCU88kgFinal2005
933Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.U88kgSemi f.2005
1010Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x0World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2006
1039Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLBrabo chokeBrasileiroU88kgSemi f.2006
1052Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0BrasileiroAbsoluteFinal2006
1262Luiz TheodoroLRefree DecisionSuper ChallengeAbsolute1/4 final2007
546Leandro BorgoWPts: 5x0Team NationalsO88kgFinal2003
827Marko HelenWPts: 3x0ADCCU88kgrd 12005
830David AvellanWPts: 3x0ADCCU88kg1/4 final2005
832Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 0x0, PenADCCU88kgSemi f.2005
892Paulo JacareWPts: 8x0World CupU88kgSemi f.2005
893Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWAdvWorld CupU88kgFinal2005
929Rodrigo PnheiroWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.U88kgRd 12005
930Antonio BorgesWChoke from backWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2005
1004Rodolfo SilvaWPointsWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12006
1048Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWRefree DecisionBrasileiroAbsolute1/4 final2006
1051Fernando PieroFernando PieroWOmoplataBrasileiroAbsoluteSemi f.2006
1155Yushin OkamiWPointsADCCU88kgRd 12007
1161Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsADCCU88kg1/4 final2007
1163Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsADCCU88kgSemi f.2007
1166Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaWArmbarADCCU88kgFinal2007
1255Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Super ChallengeAbsoluteRd 12007

Demian Maia BJJ Highlight

Demian Maia vs Jacare

Romulo Barral vs Demian Maia

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  • Juan says:

    I like demian all,but in 2001 he placed second in brown belt medio

  • Justin says:

    If he would have had better stand-up he could have been Middlewieght champ.

  • myself says:

    if he never tried to strike standing up he would be undefeated and champion

  • Chacorro louco says:

    Wow training and studying at the same time and recieved a black belt in bjj only in 4 year, that is awesome, i hope i could make a shot like he did in the ufc i also began judo at my late teens(17) and also at the same time i started college, i also want to train bjj but because there’s no bjj academy in my city so i cant. Theirs just a few succesfull athletes that begin training and college at the same time of em are demian maia

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