Brazilian welterweight Demian Maia suffered his second straight loss in 2017 when he dropped a decision to Colby Covington at UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo.
Maia has now taken to Facebook to issue a statement after his latest defeat:
Here is the English translation of what the fighter wrote:
“I would like to thank everyone’s support in one more step in my path. The big lesson in sports is knowing that competing always brings lessons, and we have to be grateful in victory and in defeat for the learning. I did my best, made a few mistakes and got a little excited, which might have hampered the execution of my strategy, but that doesn’t take the merit away from my opponent, who deserved the victory, and I leave with my head held high, knowing that I have done the best I could, and I move forward onto the next step of the journey. Thank you all!”
The other loss in 2017 for Maia came against UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 214. Maia has also previously challenged for the UFC Middleweight Title, losing to then champion Anderson Silva at UFC 112.