Demian Maia put out a statement via his Facebook to put the record straight on his wishes to wait for the next shot at the UFC Welterweight title.
The current UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley will rematch Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson at UFC 209 this March and Demian Maia said once again that he is willing to sit out and wait to get the next shot.
“When Dana White said at UFC NY post fight press conference, after Wonderboy and Woodley fought to a draw for the WW title, that I would get the next shot if I want to wait or I could fight somebody else, my understanding was that I had earned my title shot and that it was going to happen sooner or later, and it was my choice if I wanted to remain active or not. I have the biggest respect for Dana, I trust him, and I had seen how Woodley could wait for longer than a year and get his title shot, that ultimately crowned him as a champion, so why would I believe it would be any different with me?” He said in his statement.
Dana a White recently went on the UFC Unfiltered podcast and spoke about giving a fight with Demian Maia to either Nick Diaz or Jorge Masvidal.
“I would fight anyone at WW For a belt right now, interim or linear, and when we got the Masvidal fight offered we explained our reasons for being frustrated and wanting to wait for a Title Shot, how the proposed card could impact us financially, but said we would discuss it and come up with a decision. We haven’t even said “no” yet, when news starting to pop up that we had declined the fight. Fair enough I guess, as it’s not what we had in mind anyways.” Maia responded.
“I have been doing this for a long time, and my dream continues to be the same,” He continued. “There`s nothing I want more right now than fighting for the belt, and with the rematch just weeks away, I hope that I hadn’t understand wrong and that I can have my chance.”
Read his full statement here.