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Demian Maia Not Ready To Retire Yet As 40th Birthday Approaches

Demian Maia lost his second fight in a row this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil, but despite the fact he’s about to turn 40-years-old he’s not planning to hang up his gloves just yet.

“I intend on fighting for another year or two,” Maia revealed at the post-fight press conference on Saturday night.

That being said, the rollercoaster nature of a career in mixed martial arts means that nothing is set in stone and his plans could change depending on how things go from this point onwards.

“It’s a very tough sport. MMA is a tough sport, I will think about that. I have been in the UFC for 10 years and every time it is an emotional roller-coaster. It’s something that if you’ve never been in it you’ll never understand.”

Maia also pointed out that his recent defeats have come against two of the strongest wrestlers in the division in Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington, and of course it’s also worth bearing in mind that prior to that he had gone on a seven-fight winning streak.

So, Maia clearly thinks that he can get back to winning ways, and in a message to his fans after the event he indicated that he’s now looking forward to seeing what comes next.

“I would like to thank everyone’s support in one more step in my path,” Maia wrote on social media. “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!”

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