Demian Maia wants Nate Diaz for final UFC bout

Jun 12, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Demian Maia reacts during UFC 263 at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

UFC boss Dana White said that Demian Maia’s loss at UFC 263 on Saturday was likely the end of the road for the veteran fighter.

But Maia is hoping the promotion will grant him one last bout and he wants it to be against Nate Diaz, another veteran who lost on Saturday night.

“Regardless of last night, I know I still have one fight left in me, and it’s no secret that I feel like @UFC is my home, where I want to finish my career,” Maia wrote in an Instagram post in which he tagged Diaz.

“Now, I have no idea if they will give me another fight, but if they do, I would be honored to do my last MMA bout with you, someone who always come to fight, who represents BJJ and whom I respect.”

Maia, 44, made his debut at UFC 77 in 2007. He’s gone 22-11 during his time with the company, but Saturday’s loss to Belal Muhammad was his second in a row after a three-win stretch.

Diaz, 36, has gone 15-11 since joining the UFC in 2010. He’s only fought three times — losing his last two — since his highly publicized loss to Conor McGregor in 2016.

Diaz was asked before Saturday’s loss to Leon Edwards whether he’d entertain a bout against Maia and seemed hesitant.

“I feel like I’m pretty much on the same side as (Maia),” responded Diaz. “I feel like I’m representing the same thing — jiu-jitsu background. I wouldn’t say I would like to fight Demian Maia. I think he’s great.”

–Field Level Media