Demian Maia (18-6) is set to face Alexander Yakovlev (21-4) this Saturday night, but before he does, he spoke with the media on Thursday about fighting Alexander Yakovlev in his home country.

“Sometimes it can be tricky. I’m taking care to not relax too much. I’m at the hotel, and I’m not going back to my home till after the fight. I try to protect myself (from too many friends and family) as much as I can, but when you’re in your city (it’s hard),” he said. “I grew up a mile away from here and I studied in college two miles away from here.”

Maia has three knockouts, nine submissions and six decision victories in his MMA career, while he has been knocked out once, never submitted and lost by decision five times. Prior to joining the UFC, he was on a six fight winning streak. He made his UFC debut against Ryan Jensen which he won via Rear-Naked Choke at UFC 77 – Hostile Territory on Oct / 20 / 2007.

“Sometimes when you have problems, it makes you stronger. But I’ve been in the game for a while and I’ve learned how to deal with when you’re comfortable or not comfortable. I try to keep in the same mood.”

Maia won his next four fights, but lost to Nate Marquardt via knockout at UFC 102 – Couture vs. Nogueira on Aug / 29 / 2009

However, in his last five fights, he is 3-2.

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