At 40 years old, Demian Maia can see the end of the road approaching for his MMA career.
Coming off back-to-back losses, Maia will face Kamaru Usman this Saturday in the main event of UFC Chile in what he expects to be his fourth-last fight. Maia’s contract has four fights left and he doesn’t see himself taking more bouts after that deal is up.
“I’m thinking that I want to fight this year, maybe next year finish these fights on my contract because I love to fight and I’m still performing well during training camps, but I don’t know if I’ll still be fighting after next year,” Maia said onon Monday. “So this could be my last contract and then after that, I’m retired.”
Maia (25-8) has fought twice for a UFC title, losing both attempts, and has been a pro MMA fighter since 2001, debuting with the UFC in 2007. He is currently the fifth-ranked welterweight contender coming off back-to-back losses and while he’s not sick of the sport, he wants to walk away on his own terms before it forces him out.
“Not because I don’t like or enjoy it,” said Maia. “Almost 11 years in this game, with the UFC, and it’s a lot of commitment, a lot of pressure, and also I want to have different projects that I like to do.”
Maia says he wants to be able to spend more time with his family and try new ventures before he’s too old.
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