Demian Maia has emerged as a doable opponent for the return of Georges St-Pierre.
Legendary former Final Preventing Championship (UFC) welterweight and middleweight champion St-Pierre is ready to return to competitors for a grappling match in December 2023 on the UFC Combat Move Invitational. Excited by the chance to re-enter the world of grappling, “Rush” has no opponent but.
St-Pierre, 42, has not too long ago talked about names like Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington, in addition to Nate and Nick Diaz as choices, with the latter main the cost. Nevertheless, Maia, a two-time UFC title challenger and all-time nice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) ace, is now hinting at a possible match in opposition to the Canadian icon.
“Each now and again one thing comes up that also actually motivates you,” Maia tweeted. “Grappling @GeorgesStPierre will probably be an enormous problem and an awesome motivation. You GSP are one of many best rivals of all time, whom I’ve nice respect for. I’m recreation! Trying ahead to competing at @ufc invitational.
Maia, 45, fought the primary half of his UFC profession as a middleweight, chasing the title carried by Anderson Silva. It wasn’t till the top of St-Pierre’s welterweight days in 2012 and 2013 that Maia moved as much as the burden class the place he lastly challenged for the title in opposition to Tyron Woodley in July 2017. Maia misplaced his two title bids by unanimous resolution in every weight class, however goes down in blended martial arts (MMA) historical past as arguably the best BJJ participant of all time.
A June 2021 unanimous resolution loss to Belal Muhammad spelled the dying knell for Maia within the UFC after a powerful 39-fight run of 20 years total in MMA that noticed him go 28-11, submitting 14 of his opponents to victory.