Demian Maia is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who reached the top of both sports’ rankings, particularly in grappling where Maia earned titles such as World Cup (2002, 2003), ADCC (2007). In MMA Demian had title attempts in the UFC’s middleweight (April 2010) and welterweight (July 2017) divisions. Demian is also known for having one of UFC’s longest successful submission win streaks (5). In the context of jiu-jitsu history, Maia was at the heart of the early 2000’s Alliance Academy‘s turmoil, a case that ended in the team splitting, giving birth to the Brasa, TT, and Master academies.
Demian Maia Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Demian Maia Baptista
Lineage: M. Maeda > C. Gracie > H. Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fabio Gurgel > Demian Maia
Main Achievements (BJJ/MMA/Grappling):
- ADCC Champion (2007)
- CBJJ Brazilian Team National Champion (2003)
- IBJJF World Champion (2000 purple belt)
- ADCC 2nd Place (2005)
- CBJJO World Cup Champion (2002/2003*/2005)
** Weight and absolute
Favorite Technique/Position: Triangle Choke
- 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 first 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, where 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 sought 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 accept Gurgel’s orders, the fighters were penalized and denied entrance at the IBJJF World Championships under the Alliance banner, also being barred from their gym for an undetermined time. With these new guidelines, the athletes decided to start their own team, then forming the Masters Academy (a tribute to their master, Romero Jacaré), a workgroup that would later phase out to the Brasa Clube de Jiu-Jitsu team.
Demian remained under Brasa until he decided to pick mixed martial arts as his main activity, a sport in which he gained tremendous notoriety. After going through a series of minor shows in Brazil and Finland, Maia joined the biggest MMA organization of all, the UFC where he had a fantastic run, winning several “Submission of the Night” bonus prizes.
Demian Maia Grappling Record
- BY DQ
9 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
1 SUBMISSION LOSSES
Demian Maia Fight History
|707||Alexandre DantasAlexandre Dantas||L||Points||Brasileiro||ABS||4F||2002|
|720||Roger Graci.||L||Points||Team Nationals||O88KG||F||2002|
|741||Roger GracieRoger Gracie||L||Points||Team Nationals||O88KG||4F||2003|
|939||Fabio NascimentoFabio Nascimento||L||Points||World Cup||88KG||SF||2003|
|1195||Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo Souza||L||Pts: 0x0, Pen||ADCC||88KG||F||2005|
|1301||Braulio EstimaBraulio Estima||L||Pts: 0x0, Adv||World Champ.||88KG||SF||2005|
|1391||Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre Ribeiro||L||Pts: 0x0, Adv||Pan American||ABS||4F||2006|
|1470||Roberto AbreuRoberto Abreu||L||Pts: 4x0||World Champ.||ABS||4F||2006|
|1500||Romulo BarralRomulo Barral||L||Brabo choke||Brasileiro||88KG||SF||2006|
|1513||Marcelo GarciaMarcelo Garcia||L||Pts: 2x0||Brasileiro||ABS||F||2006|
|1820||Luiz Theodoro||L||Referee Decision||Super Challenge||ABS||4F||2007|
|746||Leandro Borgo||W||Pts: 5x0||Team Nationals||O88KG||F||2003|
|947||Ricardo Tozzi||W||Triangle||World Cup||ABS||R1||2003|
|949||Fabio NascimentoFabio Nascimento||W||Choke from back||World Cup||ABS||4F||2003|
|950||Fernando ParadedaFernando Paradeda||W||Points||World Cup||ABS||SF||2003|
|951||Gabriel Napão||W||Points||World Cup||ABS||F||2003|
|1187||Marko Helen||W||Pts: 3x0||ADCC||88KG||R1||2005|
|1190||David Avellan||W||Pts: 3x0||ADCC||88KG||4F||2005|
|1192||Saulo RibeiroSaulo Ribeiro||W||Pts: 0x0, Pen||ADCC||88KG||SF||2005|
|1254||Paulo Jacare||W||Pts: 8x0||World Cup||88KG||SF||2005|
|1255||Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo Souza||W||Adv||World Cup||88KG||F||2005|
|1297||Rodrigo Pnheiro||W||Pts: 4x4, Adv||World Champ.||88KG||R1||2005|
|1298||Antonio Borges||W||Choke from back||World Champ.||88KG||4F||2005|
|1371||Paulo GazzePaulo Gazze||W||Triangle||Pan American||88KG||4F||2006|
|1372||Romulo BarralRomulo Barral||W||Pts: 4x2||Pan American||88KG||SF||2006|
|1373||Givanildo SantanaGivanildo Santana||W||Points||Pan American||88KG||F||2006|
|1383||Rafael BarbosaRafael Barbosa||W||Armbar||Pan American||ABS||R1||2006|
|1464||Rodolfo Silva||W||Points||World Champ.||ABS||R1||2006|
|1509||Romulo BarralRomulo Barral||W||Referee Decision||Brasileiro||ABS||4F||2006|
|1512||Fernando PieroFernando Piero||W||Omoplata||Brasileiro||ABS||SF||2006|
|1701||Rafael LovatoRafael Lovato||W||Points||ADCC||88KG||4F||2007|
|1703||Tarsis HumphreysTarsis Humphreys||W||Points||ADCC||88KG||SF||2007|
|1706||Flavio AlmeidaFlavio Almeida||W||Armbar||ADCC||88KG||F||2007|
|1813||Bruno BastosBruno Bastos||W||Pts: 3x0||Super Challenge||ABS||R1||2007|
|32056||Alex Oliveira||W||Triangle||BJJ Stars||NA||SPF||2022|
|33283||Ben Henderson||W||Referee Decision||Polaris 20||ABS||SPF||2022|
|37576||Sangwook Kim||W||Katagatame||Spyder RTBB||ABS||SPF||2023|
Demian Maia By Riccardo Baleia
I like demian all,but in 2001 he placed second in brown belt medio
You are correct, thanks Juan!
If he would have had better stand-up he could have been Middlewieght champ.
if he never tried to strike standing up he would be undefeated and champion
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
You have him winning team nationals in 2002 but have him losing to Roger Gracie??
He placed 2nd in 02, I believe you mean 03. Team nationals do not work solely on individual results, so even though Maia lost to Roger, the team was formed by 6 other members and they managed to advanced.