Demian Maia Sees Weaknesses In Tyron Woodley & Stephen Thompson


The UFC Welterweight Title bout between champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson earned “fight of the night” honors at UFC 205. Despite being the “fight of the night,” neither Woodley nor Thompson walked away with a win, as the judges ruled the bout a majority draw.

"For me, I will be very honest to you, (my manager) Eduardo (Alonso) was more ahead -- he realized it was a very bad thing for us," Maia said on The MMA Hour. "But for me, it was okay. For me it was like ... the fight was okay, it was good. The fourth round was really good. But the first, second, third, and the last round, for me, it was like normal, it was nothing special. So I said, ‘okay, but the fight was not that great, I don't think they will do the rematch.' And then Eduardo said, ‘no, there is a chance they can try to do it, because it was a draw.' And he was right."

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Maia says that during a meeting with UFC President Dana White, he was told he would not be forgotten when it comes to a title shot. Maia noted that he wants to fight on the same card as Woodley and Thompson in the event that an injury were to sideline one of the two. Maia said that he saw lots of weaknesses in both competitors.

"I saw weaknesses in both," Maia said. "... I saw one big problem with Wonderboy and one big problem with Tyron that I can capitalize on. It doesn't matter where. It doesn't matter where, I just want to be the next," Maia added. "I know I deserve it. I know it's a tough spot. I know you can make an argument for me or for Thompson. I hope, I hope I will (get the) fight."

Maia’s next bout has yet to be announced nor has the next welterweight title bout, neither Maia or a welterweight title fight is expected to happen until 2017.

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