Not that you didn’t already know this, but former middleweight- and welterweight contender Demian Maia is all class.
Yes, the Brazilian master of jiu-jitsu took a beating at the hands of TUF winner Kamaru Usman in the main event of UFC Fight Night 129 this past weekend. And yes, Usman’s wrestling stymied Maia to the put where the Brazilian had to fall to guard and beckon (fruitlessly) for Usman to come down and join him.
But when the dust settled, and Usman’s hand was raised in victory, Maia had nothing love and respect for his opponent.
We don’t deserve this level of niceness in the sport.
Congratulations to @USMAN84kg for the win. it was a great experience to compete against you. When I took the call 3 weeks ago, I knew it would be a very hard challenge and I’m proud to have come here and done it. You deserved the chance and Chile deserved a card. Best of luck. pic.twitter.com/M27biVDvr5
— Demian Maia (@demianmaia) May 20, 2018
You are a warrior & future hall of famer. It was my honor to share the Octagon with you. Nothing but respect ???? https://t.co/BZpX2OegaY
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) May 20, 2018