Demian Maia has put together a plan of attack for his fight with Jon Fitch this evening at UFC 156.
“My dream is to take the fight down in the first minute and submit Fitch,” said Maia, in a recent interview with ESPN. “That’s my dream and I hope it comes true.”
Maia, a jiu-jitsu wizard who has gone 2-0 since dropping down to welterweight, is a former No. 1 contender at middleweight. He felt the difference in size was hindering him while competing at 185 pounds.
“I felt when I was hitting guys or going for a takedown at 185, sometimes it was like hitting a wall,” Maia said. “Now, in this weight division, it’s more fair to me.”
Maia (17-4) made the move after a loss to Chris Weidman last year. He has scored a pair of victories over Dong Hyun Kim and Rick Story, and knows the match with Fitch (24-4) is an important one as he continues his quest to another possible title fight.