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Demian Maia must clear one final hurdle in his quest for a 170-pound title shot by getting past two-time title contender Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC on FOX 21, locked and loaded for next month’s return to Vancouver. Elsewhere on the network-televised card, Anthony Pettis tries to revitalize his career as a featherweight, while Paige VanZant looks to get back to her winning ways opposite Bec Rawlings. All that and so much more!

Event: UFC on FOX 21 “Maia vs. Condit”
Date: Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 on FOX
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

UFC on FOX 21 Main Event:

170 lbs.: Demian Maia vs. Carlos Condit

UFC on FOX 21 Main Card And Prelims:

145 lbs.: Charles Oliveira vs. Anthony Pettis
115 lbs.: Bec Rawlings vs. Paige VanZant
155 lbs.: Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller
145 lbs.: Enrique Barzola vs. Kyle Bochniak
155 lbs.: Thibault Gouti vs. Chad Laprise
185 lbs.: Sam Alvey vs. Kevin Casey
155 lbs.: Shane Campbell vs. Felipe Silva
185 lbs.: Adam Hunter vs. Ryan Janes
185 lbs.: Alessio Di Chirico vs. Garreth McLellan

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UFC has moved an already booked fight into the main event slot of an upcoming show.

It was announced on Tuesday that the Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia fight that was originally booked for UFC 202 has been moved to the headline spot of the upcoming UFC On FOX 21 event.

UFC On FOX 21, now headlined by the highly-anticipated Condit-Maia fight, will take place on August 27th in Vancouver, B.C.

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The heavily-anticipated Welterweight showdown between standup specialist Carlos Condit and submission wizard, Demian Maia, has been taken off the UFC 202 main card for the Aug. 20, 2016 pay-per-view (PPV) event.

That’s because it will now be headlining UFC on FOX 21, which is set to go down on Aug. 27 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

A move that was necessary, as the FOX-televised event was still lacking a headliner, despite the fact that tickets had already gone on sale.

Maia will be putting his five-fight win streak — as well as his championship hopes — on the line against the former 170-pound title challenger who was last seen on the wrong end of a decision loss to division king Robbie Lawler at UFC 195.

While a tough blow to UFC 202, the PPV event is still high on star power, as it will be headlined by a much-anticiapted rematch as Conor McGregor looks to get one back on Nate Diaz in the headlining act.

Also, Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira battle for a potential title fight against Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, while Donald Cerrone looks to keeps his momentum going against Rick Story.

UFC on FOX 21 will also see Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller get it on for a second time, while Paige VanZant returns to face Bec Rawlings.

Also, Anthony Pettis makes his Featherweight debut against Charles Oliveira.

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UFC on Fox 21 officially has a main event, as a welterweight clash between Carlos Condit and Demian Maia will top the Aug. 27 bill.

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The highly anticipated welterweight showdown between Carlos Condit and Demian Maia has shifted seven days from UFC 202 to the UFC on FOX 21 main event.

The change to the bout was originally announced on Twitter by veteran Canadian sportswriter Neil Davidson and was subsequently confirmed to MMAjunkie by UFC officials.

UFC on FOX 21 takes place Aug. 27 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The bout order has not been set, but Condit (30-9 MMA, 7-5 UFC) and Maia (23-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC) fill the main event vacancy.

Maia currently is ranked No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings. Condit sits at No. 9.

Condit in January fought welterweight champ Robbie Lawler at UFC 195, but he dropped a split decision in a “Fight of the Night” winner. Condit won the interim welterweight title with a decision over Nick Diaz at UFC 143. In a title unification fight with Georges St-Pierre, he dropped a decision, then lost a decision to Johny Hendricks at UFC 158.

He rebounded with a TKO of Martin Kampmann, but then dropped a TKO to Tyron Woodley – who goes after the belt in late July – when he injured his knee at UFC 171. After more than a year on the sidelines, he stopped Thiago Alves with a TKO in the main event of UFC Fight Night 67 seven months before his shot at Lawler.

Maia has won five straight, but he’ll have to make it at least six, apparently, if he wants a title shot. Afer back-to-back losses to Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald, Maia took decisions over Alexander Yakolev and Ryan LaFlare, then submitted Neil Magny at UFC 190. At UFC 194, he took a decision from Gunnar Nelson, then in May submitted Matt Brown at UFC 198.

With the addition, UFC on FOX 21 includes:

  • Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia
  • Charles Oliveira vs. Anthony Pettis
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Garreth McLellan
  • Bec Rawlings vs. Paige VanZant
  • Enrique Barzola vs. Kyle Bochniak
  • Thibault Gouti vs. Chad Laprise
  • Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller

For more on UFC on FOX 21, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Rani Yahya is an ADCC submission grappling champion but he said he is comfortable throwing hands when backed into a corner.

That’s exactly what happened when Yahya (22-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) met Matthew Lopez (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelims of UFC Fight Night 91, which took place at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. ahead of additional prelims and a main card on FS1.

Speaking with MMAjunkie following his third-round arm-triangle submission of Lopez, Yahya said it was a part of the plan to strike with Lopez.

“I wanted to surprise him because he’s a wrestler and it wasn’t going to be easy to take him down,” Yahya said. “So, I wanted to surprise him. He came to kill me, I felt. (He was throwing) hard punches. I have excellent striking coaches, I’ve been training striking a long time. It’s just feeling comfortable to use that in the octagon and I’m feeling very comfortable right now.”

Yahya’s grappling bona fides remind many of Demian Maia (23-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC), another accomplished grappler who leaned on his striking for a period of his career before finding safety in his submission base.

Despite seven wins in nine octagon fights, the bantamweight said he has a lot to learn from his fellow Brazilian about finding harmony between his jiu-jitsu base and the well-rounded nature of MMA.

“Demian is definitely the exception,” Yahya said. “He is taking people down when people know what he’s going to do and he still does it. I’ve got to learn from him. But it’s a MMA fight. We got to the point where I felt like I had no choice and I had to strike. I really came to knock the guy out.”

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The stacked UFC 202 card on August 20 got another jolt of high-quality action with the announcement that former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will return to the Octagon to face veteran Brazilian contender Demian Maia at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.On the sidelines since his razor-thin split decision loss to Robbie Lawler in their January title fight, the No. 5-ranked contender hopes to put his name in the hat for another crack at the crown when he faces Maia, whose impressive five-fight winning streak includes finishes of Neil Magny and Matt Brown.In the UFC 202 main event, N … Read the Full Article Here

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Carlos Condit will return to the cage after all.

After losing a thin decision to champion Robbie Lawler in January, the popular welterweight wondered aloud about his future in fighting.

“I’ve been at this for a long time; over 40 professional MMA fights,” Condit said after the fight, per Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog. “I came up short tonight. I don’t know. Tonight was kind of a do-or-die moment for my career. I was all in. If I got that strap I was gonna keep fighting. If I didn’t, like I didn’t, I have to see if I can continue to do this. … I have to evaluate, but there’s a possibility that might be my last one. We’ll see.”

He never actually retired, but speculation arose over what, exactly, it might take to lure Condit (30-9) back to action. On Tuesday afternoon, per a report from MMA Junkie, fans got their answer when UFC officials announced Condit would face streaking jiu-jitsu hero Demian Maia (23-6). The two contenders will fight August 20 at UFC 202 in Las Vegas.

Condit hinted on his social media accounts Monday that an announcement might be coming.



Per usual, financial terms were not disclosed, but it’s a smart guess that the UFC showed Condit the proverbial money. The 32-year-old former interim welterweight champ is one of the most liked and respected MMA fighters in any weight class, thanks to a high-octane striking style, a proven track record of success and his relative ease in front of the lens or microphone.

More than that, though, you have to think they backed up the Brink’s truck to the Condit house because Maia is one heck of a risky matchup.

The 38-year-old Brazilian has won five consecutive matches over standouts like Matt Brown and Gunnar Nelson. While The Natural Born Killer appears to be on the outside looking into the current welterweight title picture—January’s fight, while epic, was his second loss to Lawler—Maia would almost certainly receive a title shot if he can get past Condit.

What’s more, Maia’s world-class jiu-jitsu—he is a fourth-degree black belt and boasts several international accolades—presents Condit with a stiff stylistic challenge. Although Condit is a strong and polished grappler, very few people in the world are on Maia’s level. Over the bout’s three scheduled rounds, it’s possible Maia could smother Condit for a decision.

This is not to say Condit has no shot; far from it. He will have a clear striking edge and is dangerous in all phases. And Condit certainly doesn’t appear to be the type to shy away from a challenge; quite the opposite.

But given his desire for big-time bouts, coupled with the implication that he can see the end of the line somewhere on the horizon, this date with Maia—occurring on a big pay-per-view but not in the main event—may pose more risk than reward.

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Former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will return at UFC 202, taking on Demian Maia.

Condit (30-9) is coming off a split decision loss to Robbie Lawler this past January for the welterweight title. He is 2-4 over his last six, with three of the four defeats being decision setbacks. The other was a TKO loss to current title contender Tyron Woodly after “The Natural Born Killer” suffered a knee injury.

Maia (23-6) has won five in a row, including a May submission win over Matt Brown. He previously competed for the UFC middleweight title before moving to welterweight.

UFC 202 takes place August 20 from Las Vegas and features Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has lured longtime welterweight contender Carlos Condit back to the Octagon — despite his resistance — for a compelling showdown against top-ranked 170-pound grappler Demian Maia.

Where and when?

None other than the upcoming UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) event locked and loaded for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Aug. 20, 2016.

UFC made the bout official on Tuesday.

Following a controversial decision loss to Robbie Lawler to kick off the new year, Condit opted to ride the pine until he could secure a “Ruthless” rematch. When that failed to materialize, “The Natural Born Killer” started considering alternate fights.

That puts him directly across from Maia, now the winner of five straight, including last month’s submission victory over the rough-and-tumble Matt Brown. No doubt beating Condit would go a long way in securing a welterweight title shot.

Who ya’ got?

UFC 202 will be headlined by the welterweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, while Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira hook ‘em up in the light heavyweight co-main event.

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