Demian Maia Finally Gets Title Shot at Tyron Woodley, But Don't Expect Any Trash Talk to Hype UFC Fight

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 05/15/17 02:22AM EDT
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DALLAS, TX - Demian Maia celebrates after his fight against Jorge Masvidal in their Welterweight bout during UFC 211 at American Airlines Center on May 13, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.
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Demian Maia finally got his title shot against Tyron Woodley for the welterweight belt. But the unassuming Brazilian insisted that he's not going to engaged his opponent in a word war just to hype up the fight.

In an interview on Saturday night, he revealed that some people have advised him to trash talk Woodley but he's not going to do it. He said being in a public platform places him in a unique opportunity to be a role model to others, if not his kids.

"That's my personality. I'm not going to change that. I'm not going to sell myself just because I want to be a champion, just because I want to make more money, you know?" he said. "I don't want to just change because I want to make more money."

He said that one of the biggest mistakes that fighters can make is to try to please everybody, and he's not going that route as far as his career his concerned. In fact, while some UFC fighters have expressed this frustrations over the matches in the organization, Maia remained patient to get his title shot.

Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold earlier blasted Dana White and the UFC for messing up the middleweight division by allowing George St-Pierre to skip past true contenders to get a title shot at Michael Bisping.

Presently, Maia is ranked third in the welterweight division and is currently on a six-game winning streak. Ahead of him are Stephen Thompson and Robbie Lawler. The Brazilian has never fought both contenders before.

However, he insisted that the UFC can do better in terms of ticket sales if he were to fight Woodley instead of Thompson. "I'm not saying that their last fight was bad, but everybody knew it didn't sell well, it wasn't so exciting," he said. "The UFC needs to promote a little bit more, and welterweight is a division that is hard to sell nowadays and that's it."



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