São Paulo, Brazil
Jiu Jitsu
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Demian Maia has been involved in martial arts for most of his life. At age four he began studying judo and eventually added kung-fu and karate training. By the age of nineteen Demian dedicated himself intensively to jiu jitsu under professor Fabio Araujo and later Fabio Gurgel. He earned his black belt in 2001, the same year he earned his journalism degree from Cásper Líbero Social Communication College, São Paulo, Brazil.

As a black belt Demian won the World Cup absolute category (no weight limit) in 2002, 2003, and 2005. In doing so he defeated jiu jitsu legend and eventual Strikeforce champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Demian won the ADCC tournament in 2007 after coming up as vice-champion in 2005.

In 2007 he shifted away from competitive grappling and focused more on his swiftly developing UFC career, earning consecutive Submission of the Night bonuses in his first three bouts. By 2010 he earned a title shot against middleweight champion Anderson Silva. 

In addition to an active MMA schedule, Demian continues to teach private and group classes in his academy in addition to international seminar tours.

2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion (83kg)
2006 Pan American Champion
4th Degree BJJ black belt
4x Submission of the Night
1x Fight of the Night