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Demian Maia: Fighting Is Spiritual


“Do you know somebody who likes to be punched in the face? I think nobody likes being punched in the face — not even boxers or kickboxers. But just as people say that about jiu-jitsu fighters, we can also say that about boxers and kickboxers who just train striking; after the first takedown they become nothing on the ground. Nobody is comfortable being punched in the face. But getting used to that in a fight, it took me like a year and a half of training standup to get to that point, to not blink when you get punched.”

“I really believe that martial arts and competing at a higher level is something spiritual. You learn about yourself every day. It’s hard to explain in English. It’s not just fighting, it’s something much deeper. Every time I go to fight it’s a big challenge and this helps me to control myself and overcome my fears. It’s very special and brings you nearer to something spiritual. You become a better person… Fighting for me is a chess game. I’m not angry with my opponent. I just want to go in there and win without him hurting me or me hurting him.”

Former middleweight title challenger, Demian Maia takes to UFC.com to explain his side of the fight game.

Spiritual growth through one on one competition is apart of his daily philosophies. Can anyone share a similar outlook?


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7 Comments to Demian Maia: Fighting Is Spiritual

  1. Huge fan of Maia.. true martial artist! Humble and highly skilled, he was one dimensional in the beginning and now his standup is exceptional..good luck bradduh!

  2. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    I totally agree with him. I condemn fighting to injure other fighters in order to win. Everyone loses in that situation and some fighters will cross the line to get that W. We need more fighters with that mentality.

  3. Jeff says:

    I didn’t like Maia at first, but he won me over. He’s a class act who continues to improve. He’s fun to watch now. Good luck to him.

  4. h says:

    Reminds me Helio Gracie’s speech after UFC 1

  5. charty sucks it says:

    Maia should have got that fight against Munoz…I thinks he’s a better fighter.

  6. ZN says:

    maia jus lost to munoz

  7. sup says:

    why the hell is nam on the main card and he is not. he is a top 10 MW.

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