The UFC’s welterweight division became a little deeper today when former middleweight No.1 contender Demian Maia announced that he would be moving down to the 170lb weight class.
The decision comes after an indifferent spell for the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist in the 185lb division, going 1-2 in his last three fights, including an extremely lackluster showing last time out at ‘UFC On FOX 3’ where he lost to Chris Weidman.
The move comes as somewhat of a surprise given that Maia has never been noted as being undersized at middleweight, but it’s understandable that he felt the need to do something to kickstart his career given that it’s stalled since working his way up to a title fight with Anderson Silva in 2010.
Perhaps the move will be good for him, though in my opinion the biggest problem he has right now is not his size, but rather the fact that he seems to have all-but abandoned the elite-level BJJ that first made him a star in the UFC when he first joined the promotion, submitting his first five opponents.
Instead he’s attempted to rely on what’s proven to be a sub-par striking game and that’s lead to his downfall. Hopefully that’s something he’ll address now while making the transition down to a welterweight division that promises to offer him no respite in terms of challenging match-ups.