Demian Maia had been focussing on his UFC career for the last 15 years. Following the end of his contract with the UFC, 44 year old ADCC winner returned to jiu jitsu competition thanks to a Brazilian promotion BJJ Stars.
Maia faced another MMA veteran on his return – Alex Cowboy Oliveira. Oliveira received the news that the UFC was releasing him 3 weeks ago following a loss to kevin Holland at UFC 272. Oliveira was initially doing well however Holland reversed his fortune and ended up finishing Oliveira.
Oliveira (22-12-1, 1 NC) had been with the UFC since 2015. He didn’t waste any time and quickly agreed to a match with Demian Maia. Maia is considered one of the best grapplers in MMA but some would say he needs a refresher in the modern bjj meta before he faces someone with a straight grappling background.
Maia’s match with Oliveira was rather interesting and culminated when Maia latched onto his favorite submission – the triangle. Oliveira was quickly forced to tap.
More results from BJJ Stars 8:
Lucas Hulk Def. Roberto Jimenez Via 2×0 Pts
Leonardo Lara Def. Wallisson “tarta” Oliveira Via 5×2 Pts
Mica Galvão Def. Leandro Lo Via 1×0 Adv, 0x0 Pts
Maurício Oliveira Def. Pedro Machado Via Decision
Lucas Hulk Def. Leonardo Lara Via Armbar
Mica Galvão Def. – Maurício Oliveira Via Injury
Mica Galvão Def. Lucas Hulk Via Bow And Arrow Choke.
Mariana Rolszt Def. Thaís Loureiro Via Armbar
Marcos Petcho Def. Lucas Protásio Via Guillotine
Beatriz Mesquita Def. Julia Boscher Via Armbar
Fabricio Andrey Def. Alex Sodré Via Armbar
Gutemberg Pereira Def. Fellipe Andrew Via Guillotine
Felipe Pena Def. Henrique Cardoso Via 2 Penalties