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Demian Maia Didn't Want To Fight Palhares Due To Lack Of Brazilian Middleweights

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When Mark Munoz got injured it forced Michael Bisping into a match with Chael Sonnen and left Demian Maia without an opponent for the UFC on Fox 2 card. The immediate demand from fans was for the UFC to move Rousimar Palhares (who scored a quick win at UFC 142) into a fight with Maia. It turns out that Palhares turned down the short-notice no-rest fight (at least according to Dana White on Twitter) and the promotion settled on giving the fight to Chris Weidman.

For his part, Maia says that he didn't want to fight Palhares. Not because he was afraid, but because he thinks that Brazilian middleweights shouldn't face each other. Via SporTV (translated by Tom Mendes):

"It was rumored (a fight with Palhares), but I thought there would not be any possibilities (of it happening), because he just fought, it doesn't make sense for him to throw himself into another fight right now. "Toquinho" trained a few months for this fight. Just because it was fast doesn't mean there were no wear and tears. But I don't even think about that. To be honest, the Brazilian fans should be more worried about seeing us fighting foreigners. There are (only) a few Brazilian fighters in the division and I think that, aside of the title, since it's Anderson who is the champion, the Brazilians should not face each other."

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Post #1   1/19/12 12:42:11PM   

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Not only should guys from the same camp not have to fight each other but now people from the same country shouldn't either? Yeah that makes sense Demian.

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Post #2   1/19/12 12:53:02PM   

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That's terrible logic

Post #3   1/19/12 12:57:55PM   

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i understand his view point but i dont agree with it. Should Bocek and Stout never fight because there are so few Canadians in the LW division?

but not wanting to fight Palhares without any rest time i can respect.

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Who gives a crap if 2 people from the same nation have to fight each other. If it makes sense, fans have been wanting that match for a long time, then suck it up Maia.

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He needs to talk to the two Brazilians who feel the opposite way: Wanderlei and Belfort. They can't wait to get their hands on each other again.

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ugh.

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But it was cool to fight Anderson Siva ? lol

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It's been a minute since I've found a fighter to dislike.
Thanks a lot Maia, for filling that void.


I'm sick of this nationalistic garbage.

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I'd rather see them fight each other, but with full camps, not with 10 days notice.

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Anderson, Demian, Vitor, Wanderlei, Santiago, and Palhares are all high to mid level UFC Middleweights. Not to mention Jacare in Strikeforce, who will probably end up in the UFC in the near future. Maia acts like there's none

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Dont lie Maia...you just didnt wanna get tapped =)

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Posted by loonytnt

Dont lie Maia...you just didnt wanna get tapped =)



I can't blame him if that's his reason. I like my legs. I like walking. Paul Harris ruins those things for people.

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I don't think Americans should fight each other unless it's for a title or a chance to fight a Canadian

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Posted by loonytnt

Dont lie Maia...you just didnt wanna get tapped =)

yep translation,"I like my knees and I don't want that monster to ruin them."

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