After giving it a great deal of thought it looks like Demian Maia has decided to drop down to 170 pounds for his next fight. The Brazilian submission-specialist had teased the idea before based on his modest frame but remained non-committal on the move, at least until now.

“I (am) moving down to 170 pounds,” wrote Maia on Twitter, confirming his decision. “Next fight, I (will) be a welterweight.”

Maia is 9-4 as a middleweight inside the Octagon including impressive wins over Nate Quarry, Jason MacDonald, Kendall Grove, Jorge Santiago, Dan Miller, and Chael Sonnen. However, he has lost two of his last three fights including his most recent outing against accomplished wrestler Chris Weidman, suffering a decision defeat at UFC on FOX 2 in January.

At 34 Maia is a little older than fighters typically making a move down divisionally but, at only 6’0 and cutting minimal weight to make 185 pounds, he is likely to make a successful transition in comparison to peers forced to drastically readjust their training/diet to do so.