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Demian Maia issues statement following loss to Colby Covington

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Demian Maia has one fight left in his contract with the UFC.
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Demian Maia suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since 2014, but is already looking forward to his next fights inside the Octagon.

Hours after losing a unanimous decision to Colby Covington in the co-main event of UFC Sao Paulo at the Ibirapuera gymnasium, Maia posted a statement on his social media, giving props to Covington while admitting a few mistakes he has done in the welterweight bout.

“I would like to thank everyone’s support in one more step in my path,” Maia wrote. “The big lesson in sports is knowing that competing always brings lessons, and we have to be grateful in victory and in defeat for the learning. I did my best, made a few mistakes and got a little excited, which might have hampered the execution of my strategy, but that doesn’t take the merit away from my opponent, who deserved the victory, and I leave with my head held high, knowing that I have done the best I could, and I move forward onto the next step of the journey. Thank you all!”

Maia (25-8) dropped to 10-4 since cutting down to 170 pounds in 2012, but said after the bout that he’s not considering to retire. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace has one fight left in his deal with the UFC.