Born November 6, 1977 in Sao Paulo, Brazil is a professional mixed martial arts fighter. He currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Maia trained in Judo as a child. When he became a teenager, he also began studying Kung Fu and Karate. By age nineteen, Maia was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by his cousin. After four years and seven months, Demian received his black belt under Fabio Gurgel. Demian Maia finished college and graduated with a degree in Journalism. He is currently a second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has won several major tournaments under Team Brasa.