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Two of the top welterweights in the world will collide in Brazil on Saturday, May 14, as number five-ranked Demian Maia battles number six-ranked Matt “The Immortal” Brown in a UFC Fight Night bout televised by FOX Sports 1.The card, which takes place at a site to be named shortly, is headlined by the middleweight showdown between Vitor Belfort and “Jacare” Souza.Sao Paulo’s Maia, 38, is showing the best form of his UFC career at welterweight, as the former 185-pound title challenger has won four in a row, most recently defeating Neil Magny and Gunnar Nelson. Brown is expected to be another to … Read the Full Article Here

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World-ranked welterweights Demian Maia and Matt Brown will collide in May when Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its return to Brazil.

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A welterweight scrap between a pair of highly regarded veterans has made its way to the lineup for the UFC’s May return to Brazil.

Matt Brown (20-13 MMA, 13-7 UFC) will fight in the country for the first time when he meets Brazil’s own Demian Maia (22-6 MMA, 16-6 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 87. UFC officials announced the new booking today.

UFC Fight Night 87 takes place in Brazil on May 14 – though an exact location has not yet been announced by the promotion. Vitor Belfort and Ronaldo Souza, two of the biggest MMA stars in the country, headline the show in a middleweight bout. The main card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1.

Brown was on the cusp of a welterweight title shot after a seven-fight win streak between 2012-2014. Included in that run were six knockouts in seven fights and four post-fight bonus awards. But he dropped a unanimous decision to Robbie Lawler in a title eliminator – and also missed weight for the fight. He followed that up in March 2015 with a decision loss to former champ Johny Hendricks.

But in July 2015, he got back on track with a submission win over Tim Means at UFC 189. That earned him a main event against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 80 in Mexico, but an injury forced him from the card. Now he’s ready to get back to work and will fight outside the United States for just the second time in his pro career of more than 10 years.

Maia will be looking to run his winning streak to five fights against Brown. After back-to-back decision losses to Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald, Maia has wins over Alexander Yakolev, Ryan LaFlare, Neil Magny and, most recently, Gunnar Nelson at UFC 194 in December.

The former middleweight title challenger is 7-2 since dropping to welterweight in 2012, and a win over the likes of Brown could have him squarely in the title picture at 170 pounds.


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Hell yeah.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently booked an outstanding welterweight match up pitting Matt Brown against Demian Maia for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 87 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, expected to take place on May 14, 2016 in Brazil.

UFC senior vice president Giovani Decker (via MMA Fightingannounced the pending showdown on Monday.

Brown (20-13) hasn’t been seen since his first-round submission win over Tim Means at UFC 189 last July. “The Immortal” has been dealing with injuries that at one point, were severe enough to boot him from the promotion’s return trip to Mexico.

Now he’s back … but is he better than ever?

There will be no margin for error against the streaking Maia (22-6), who is now the winner of four straight inside a very crowded 170-pound division. The Brazilian was last seen schooling Gunnar Nelson at UFC 194 just last month and it’s not unrealistic to think he’s one or two wins away from a welterweight title shot.

So, who is the contender and who is the pretender?

UFC Fight Night 87 will air stateside on FOX Sports 1, featuring a sizzling middleweight headliner that has serious title implications in the 185-pound division, as Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza bang it out for another look at Luke Rockhold.


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How Neil Magny learned more than a few new moves at a Demian Maia seminar
Maia (22-6 MMA, 16-6 UFC) dominated Magny (17-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) on the mat in the first round, then submitted him with a rear-naked choke in the second, snapping a streak that had at one point seen Magny tie the record for most UFC wins in one …

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The submission expert, however, isn’t opposed to testing himself against the greatest welterweight to ever compete inside the Octagon.

For Johny Hendricks, fighting Georges St-Pierre to claim the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title wasn’t his top priority.

In his view, he didn’t care who had the strap, he just wanted to compete in a championship bout.

Like “Bigg Rigg,” top welterweight contender Demian Maia is also eager to test himself against St-Pierre if “Rush” makes a mixed martial arts (MMA) comeback. But if he has to choose between “GSP” or a title shot, the Brazilian will settle for the latter.

He elaborates to Bloody Elbow:

“GSP is the most dominant champion this weight class ever had, a great fighter and a great ambassador of our sport. It would be a challenge and an honor to compete against him. He is well-rounded and a great athlete. It’s a very tough fight. I’m confident, as any fighter should be, against anyone I fight. I’m sure [St-Pierre] feels the same. I would prefer fighting for the title. Because my dream is and was always to be the UFC champion.”

As far as his deserving of a championship bout, the submission expert didn’t cut any corners breaking down his accolades and recent accomplishments in making his case:

“All fights I won at welterweight weren’t questionable and I think I won all rounds of the bouts, besides the last round of the [Ryan] LaFlare fight. My two losses came to two fighters with crazy resumes. Rory [MacDonald], which was Fight of the Night at UFC 170, and Jake Shields – who holds wins against pretty much all top guys at welterweight – in a split decision, that I know I could have done better, but frankly I didn’t think I lost that fight. Now I won four fights in a row, and I’m 7-2 as a welterweight. I think a title shot could be justifiable. If not possible, then I would like a fight that helps me get there. I don’t have anything against any fighter in the weight class, it’s a very tough weight class, and my only goal is to fight for the belt.”

Demian’s latest victory came at the expense of Gunnar Nelson, as the jiu-jitsu wizard walked away from the MGM Grand Garden Arena at UFC 194 with a unanimous decision win (recap). Whether or not it was good enough to warrant a title shot, remains to be seen.

After all, there are plenty of other contenders — like Tyron Woodley — lined up ready to take aim at division champion Robbie Lawler.

Speaking of Woodley, he has his own plans regarding St-Pierre.

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Why Demian Maia won't be grappling Nick Diaz at Metamoris
While in Las Vegas for this past weekend's UFC 195 event, Maia (22-6 MMA, 16-6 UFC) said Ralek Gracie, who promotes the all-grappling Metamoris event, offered him a grappling match with the onetime welterweight title challenger at a future event.

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The 38-year-old is a winner of four straight in the 170-pound class, but the clock is ticking on the prominent grappler’s time in MMA, which is why he is calling for a title shot.

“After this last fight, I got a lot of feedback from the fans, and I see every fan say, ‘You should fight for the title.’ And, of course, that’s what I want to do. But it doesn’t depend on just me. But I’ll push with my effort to do that. I hope I’m next, and I know [Tyron] Woodley wants to be next … but we need to wait and see what happens this weekend. I respect (Woodley) a lot. He’s a good and tough fighter. He deserves it. But everyone wants the title. I’m not getting younger. I want to fight for it too. I’m smelling the title shot, like when I fought Anderson Silva. I’m feeling the same thing right now. But now I’m a different fighter. I’m much more mature. I’m in the right weight category, so I think now I can truly win it all.”

Following his dominant victory over Top 15-ranked welterweight, Gunnar Nelson, at the UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) less than a month ago, Demian Maia made it known he was knocking on the door of a title shot in the 170-pound division.

And now the profound Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner is calling for champion Robbie Lawler, who defeated Carlos Condit via a controversial split decision at UFC 195 last night (Sat., Jan. 2, 2016) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

More on that fight, as well as highlights, here and here.

Maia has won seven of nine since dropping to the Welterweight class in July 2012, collecting stoppages of Rick Story and Neil Magny along the way. The 38-year-old will have to contend with the No. 2-ranked, Tyron Woodley, who is expected to be the next man up to receive a shot at the crown.

That’s right, Maia! Woodley won’t hesitate to put you in your place.

Sure, Woodley boasts stoppages over Condit (injury) and Dong Hyun Kim, but he fought just once in 2015 and sat himself, following a canceled clash with ex-champion, Johny Hendricks, back at UFC 192.

Whose side are you on?

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SOUZA vs. ROMEROAfter a strong first round against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, middleweight contender Yoel Romero’s gas tank appeared to rapidly empty in the next two rounds of their pivotal UFC 194 bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday. But when the scorecards were read, it was the No. 3-ranked Romero who took the split decision from the No. 2-ranked Souza, perhaps cementing himself as the next challenger for the middleweight crown.More from UFC 194: Experience the history again, order UFC 194 replay | Results | Bonus recap | Watch: Dana White offers his final verdict | … Read the Full Article Here

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UFC 194 live blog: Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson
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MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Maia Round 2: Nelson looks tired and Maia shoots, catches a single and scores, but gets reversed. Still, Maia holds on and tries to score a trip and finds a way to take the back again as Nelson tried to balance himself.

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