Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Q&A with Demian Maia

There's a great new interview of Demian Maia at Sherdog.com.
On this article Demian talks about his training with the Nog brothers and work that he put in his boxing with Junior Dos Santos. Demian is fighting at the UFC 109 against a tough kid from New Jersey, Dan Miller.
I'm eager to see how the boxing training at Bahia with Dos Santos and with coaches like Dorea has improved Demian's boxing. I've done some padwork with Demian here in Finland when he has been holding seminars. I always felt like he has a pretty solid striking technique-wise, but he just needs to find his own rhythm and add looseness to his striking. You know, the same relax and unforced movements that he displays on the grappling department. Easier said than done, but I think Dos Santos maybe just the right guy for this, since he has both effective and technically valid boxing.
Anyways, I can't wait for the fight. Miller is an excellent grappler of his own and just received his BJJ black belt from Jamie Cruz, who's a Renzo black belt himself.

Look for Demian to grab another Submission of the Night from his fight against Miller at UFC 109.

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