Demian Maia Recalls The Time He Was Stabbed During A Bar Fight

demian maiaAlways mild-mannered, Demian Maia is probably the last person you’d expect to be getting into a bar brawl or any type of fight outside the octagon. However, in a recent interview on the Inteligencia Ltda. Podcast, the Brazilian legend told the story of the time he was involved in quite the altercation with a middle […]

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Always mild-mannered, Demian Maia is probably the last person you’d expect to be getting into a bar brawl or any type of fight outside the octagon. However, in a recent interview on the Inteligencia Ltda. Podcast, the Brazilian legend told the story of the time he was involved in quite the altercation with a middle eastern gang in Scandinavia.

Maia said that it all happened while he was training in Sweden and went out afterwards to a local club with some of his training partners. While Sweden is generally a very safe place to visit, this specific area was not as it was overwhelmed with gang violence by immigrants who had control over the area.

Demian Maia Says This Behaviour Was Out Of Character

At the end of the night as the club was turning their lights on to kick everyone out, Maia was pushed by one of the local gang members and instantly reacted with a vicious elbow, dropping the assailant on the spot. Maia said afterwards he instantly regretted throwing the elbow as he thought that he may have killed him and that he did it because he was just angry with where he was at in his fight career.

At this point, Maia knew he had set off a brawl and braced himself for the scuffle that was about to ensue when a man came up to him and stabbed him right in the stomach. 

“Suddenly, I see a small guy coming up beside me quietly. All this I’m talking about was in five or six seconds, I don’t know. But very fast. The elbow, two punches. I walked backward, the guy came and hit me in the belly. This guy didn’t hit me in the belly, he stabbed me and I knew it right away.”  (transcribed by Milan Ordonez, bloodyelbow.com)

Maia added that he reunited with his friends and was eventually rushed to the hospital, luckily escaping with no life-threatening injuries.

The BJJ black belt last fought against Belal Muhammad at UFC 263 this past June in his retirement fight where he fell via unanimous decision.

What would you have done differently in this situation if you were Demian Maia?

Demian Maia Explains Past Bar Brawl, Stabbing Incident In Sweden

A routine night out at a bar turned into a night of chaos for former UFC welterweight Demian Maia.

Maia’s latest Octagon appearance came at UFC 263 in a unanimous decision loss to Belal Muhammad. Despite his grappling prowess still being a problem …

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A routine night out at a bar turned into a night of chaos for former UFC welterweight Demian Maia.

Maia’s latest Octagon appearance came at UFC 263 in a unanimous decision loss to Belal Muhammad. Despite his grappling prowess still being a problem for most fighters, the 44-year-old looked years past his physical prime in recent losses to Muhammad and Gilbert Burns.

The UFC parted ways with Maia back in August, along with former bantamweight Jimmie Rivera.

Maia is arguably one of the most universally liked and respected fighters in UFC history. He was never one to engage in trash talk during his career and let his trademark Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu do the talking for him.

But a few years ago, Maia’s life was in danger when he was attacked and stabbed, suffering serious injury. During a recent appearance on the Inteligencia Ltda podcast, Maia detailed a scuffle he got into with some alleged Middle Eastern gang members while at a bar in Sweden. (h/t Bloody Elbow)

“I’m in the corner, and like in other clubs outside Brazil, at 2 AM, they turn on the light,” Maia explained. “2 AM, all lights turned on. All the security guards went down to evacuate people and things like that. When I stood up, there were some guys from that gang there and they saw me. I think it was a small town thing. The guy came at me to attack me, but not exactly attack me. He came to push me. No reason, man. They were very messy.”

Maia initially didn’t think much of the push, but the altercation was more serious than he realized.

“They kind of ran the place. I was upset because my knee wasn’t getting better. I had hurt myself again in Sweden teaching class and stuff like that. When the guy came to put his hand on me, I threw an elbow at him. In his face,” he said. But that elbow was so hard, he didn’t fall over. He just imploded in the same place, you know. Do you know when a guy lands on his own leg? Yeah, man. He imploded. Man, by the time he fell, my first thought was, ‘God, please help me. I hope I didn’t kill this guy.’ Because it was too strong and the guy blacked out right away. I thought, ‘Imagine I killed this guy, I’m going to be f—ked, stuck in Sweden for the rest of my life.’

“F—k, no one would want to know he came to assault me,” Maia continued. “In the end, I would have killed the guy, Suddenly, I see a small guy coming up beside me quietly. All this I’m talking about was in five or six seconds, I don’t know. But very fast. The elbow, two punches. I walked backward, the guy came and hit me in the belly. This guy didn’t hit me in the belly, he stabbed me. And I knew it right away. Why did I notice? Because these guys don’t know how to fight, they’re just making trouble. If the guy isn’t a very good boxer who knows what to do, he’ll never hit you in the belly. He’ll hit the head. The guy will try to hurt you in the face. And as soon as it hit down here, I felt a knock and they ran away.”

Maia then explained what went through his mind after being stabbed.

“I had this thing in my head, ‘Can’t get air, can’t get air.’ I knew that getting air could cause embolism, and I got this paranoia. I still didn’t know if I was stabbed. I just felt the knock, but I was suspicious. When the guys ran away, I did it here. I looked over quickly and my shirt was soaked with blood.”

Maia was sent to a local hospital directly after the incident. He was treated and quickly released by medical staff.

Maia’s story shows that MMA fighters can still be the victim of vicious attacks, despite their athletic accolades. Thankfully, Maia is still alive to tell the story and continues to practice and teach the art of BJJ.

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Demian Maia: ‘Absurd To Put A Person Who Was Born A Man To Fight A Woman’

Demian MaiaDemian Maia is the latest fighter to speak out against the transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin since her win over Celine Provost. McLaughlin won her fight via submission after being rocked in the first round. McLaughlin took to Twitter to talk about the people speaking out against her debut. Maia is a legendary UFC title challenger […]

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Demian Maia is the latest fighter to speak out against the transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin since her win over Celine Provost.

McLaughlin won her fight via submission after being rocked in the first round. McLaughlin took to Twitter to talk about the people speaking out against her debut.

Maia is a legendary UFC title challenger who is most known for his fantastic BJJ. Maia had this to say in regards to McLaughlin being able to compete, “I think it’s absurd for you to put a person who was born a man to fight a woman. I’m going to talk about my sport, which is fighting. The person (who faces the trans athlete) will get hurt. There is no comparison. ‘Oh, but she started taking (female) hormones early on.’ Does not matter. The development there… And it’s not prejudice, none of that. But you have to understand that to work on the issue of prejudice in society, it’s not like that. This is not what will make people more or less prejudiced. (H/T MMAnews)

Maia is one of many that has spoken out against McLaughlin this week. Sean Strickland gave his opinion saying “Change your name, call yourself a woman… but you’re still a fu****g man, get out of women’s MMA, coward,”

Michael Bisping, ‘Suga‘ Sean O’Malley and Megan Anderson has also spoken out against McLaughlin competing against women. The most notable being Anderson. The more women that speak about McLaughlin, the more of a feeling we will have about how McLaughlin’s competition feels about her being able to fight. The women’s opinion holds a bit more weight than the men’s when discussing Alana McLaughlin’s ability to compete, since they will be the opponents of McLaughlin.

Do you agree with Demian Maia?

Should McLaughlin be allowed to compete against women inside the octagon?

Demian Maia Scoffs At Transgender Fighter Facing Women

Much has been made about transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin, and now Demian Maia is throwing in his two cents. McLaughlin has sparked a debate within the MMA community. She defeated Celine Provost via second-round submission at a Combate Americas event. McLaughlin was born a man and had served in the U.S. Special Forces as a soldier prior […]

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Much has been made about transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin, and now Demian Maia is throwing in his two cents.

McLaughlin has sparked a debate within the MMA community. She defeated Celine Provost via second-round submission at a Combate Americas event. McLaughlin was born a man and had served in the U.S. Special Forces as a soldier prior to transitioning.

During an interview with Inteligência Ltda, Maia said he doesn’t like the idea of transgender fighters sharing the cage with females (h/t Middle Easy).

“I think it’s absurd for you to put a person who was born a man to fight a woman. I’m going to talk about my sport, which is fighting. The person (who faces the trans athlete) will get hurt. There is no comparison. ‘Oh, but she started taking (female) hormones early on.’ Does not matter.

“The development there… And it’s not prejudice, none of that. But you have to understand that to work on the issue of prejudice in society, it’s not like that. This is not what will make people more or less prejudiced.”

Maia isn’t the first well-known MMA fighter to voice his opinion on the matter. Former UFC Middleweight Champion and Hall of Famer Michael Bisping took to his Believe You Me podcast to chime in. He feels transgender fighters have an unfair advantage in women’s MMA.

Sean Strickland, who competes in the UFC’s 185-pound weight class, has had perhaps the most aggressive stance. He hopped on social media and blasted McLaughlin for what he believes to be a “coward” move fighting women.

For many longtime MMA fans, the Alana McLaughlin situation is giving flashbacks of Fallon Fox. Fox is a retired MMA fighter who is also transgender. When she was an active competitor, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan said he was totally against the idea of seeing Fox mix it up with women in MMA.

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Demian Maia & Jimmie Rivera No Longer Under UFC Contract

Demian Maia and Jimmie Rivera are no longer competing under the UFC banner. MMAJunkie’s John Morgan has taken to his Twitter account to reveal that a UFC official has confirmed that neither Maia nor Rivera is on the UFC roster at this time. &#822…

Demian Maia and Jimmie Rivera are no longer competing under the UFC banner. MMAJunkie’s John Morgan has taken to his Twitter account to reveal that a UFC official has confirmed that neither Maia nor Rivera is on the UFC roster at this time. “It was brought to my attention that both Demian Maia and Jimmie […]

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Demian Maia Hoping For One Last UFC Fight, Open To Jiu-Jitsu Matches With MMA Fighters

MaiaDemian Maia is not done just yet in mixed martial arts. Maia is coming off a unanimous decision defeat to Belal Muhammad at UFC 263 back in June where he looked far from impressive to say the least. Following the fight, UFC president Dana White more or less stated it was the Brazilian’s last fight. […]

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Demian Maia is not done just yet in mixed martial arts.

Maia is coming off a unanimous decision defeat to Belal Muhammad at UFC 263 back in June where he looked far from impressive to say the least.

Following the fight, UFC president Dana White more or less stated it was the Brazilian’s last fight.

“I think that was his last fight,” White said. “It was the last fight on his deal. He’s [43 years old]. He’s been so good at getting in there, securing the takedown, getting on top of people and just strangling them or grabbing something and twisting it until you quit, and he couldn’t get it done tonight.”

However, Maia is still hoping for one more fight in the UFC.

“I’ve fought my entire life in the UFC. That’s my home,” Maia said (via MMA Fighting). “I want to do one last fight there, and I think it depends on what happens in Brazil. That’s a feeling my manager and I have. If they are having shows with fans here soon, I think that will draw interest from the UFC to have me fighting.

“I’m waiting and seeing what happens, but I do want to fight one last fight. I’m still training twice a day.”

Should that not happen, Maia is unlikely to fight elsewhere as far as mixed martial arts is concerned. However, he is interested in grappling matches with some of MMA’s biggest names.

“Chael [Sonnen] has a promotion in the United States, Submission Underground, and he talked to me about the possibility of facing someone there,” Maia said. “I think it would be cool to face someone from MMA [in jiu-jitsu] because of the [attention] that name would bring.

“If I face someone from the new generation of jiu-jitsu, he might have a name in the jiu-jitsu [community] but that’s a niche thing. If I get an MMA guy… Let me give you an example: Sonnen texted me after my last fight asking if I was interested in facing Tony Ferguson or Kamaru Usman. That’s the type of match that would not only appeal to the jiu-jitsu community but also MMA and everyone that likes fights in any way.”

What would you like to see next for Maia?