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5 Best Grapplers In The UFC

5. Demian Maia

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Demian Maia is a crafty veteran of the game. Unlike most of the athletes on this list, he focuses on Brazilian Jiu-JItsu. Demian’s ground game isn’t just good for MMA standards. Maia has excelled in legitimate Jiu-Jitsu competitions. He won the World Cup back in the early 2000s. This makes him a terrifying foe for any UFC fighter.

This prodigy harkens back to the old days of MMA. It’s no secret that BJJ reigned supreme in the early 1990s. We can thank the legendary Royce Gracie for introducing such a beautiful art.

Maia took the craft to the next level though. Back in 2015 he went on a 6 fight win streak against the likes of Carlos Condit, Jorge Masvidal, and Gunnar Nelson. That is an unreal run. These were the most elite fighters in the division at the time. Not to mention, 3 out of 6 of his wins were by submission. Demian rightfully earned himself the name “Human Backpack” .

Regardless of who you are, chances are you’re not rushing to take this Jiu-Jitsu phenom to the ground.

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