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Two of the mixed martial arts world’s premier grapplers will collide in Las Vegas on Saturday, December 12, as an intriguing showdown between Demian Maia and Gunnar Nelson has been added to the stacked UFC 194 card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.UFC 194 is headlined by the long-awaited featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor and the middleweight championship fight between Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold.A member of the UFC roster since 2007, Demian Maia is showing prime form since moving to welterweight in 2012, and he has won six of eight bouts at 170 pounds, includ … Read the Full Article Here

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Break out the chicken-bone crosses.

Fight fans have to be pulling out all the stops to keep UFC 194 from falling victim to the injury jinx.

It’s a card seemingly growing stronger by the day, and on Friday the UFC added another mouth-watering contest to an already-loaded lineup when it announced that Demian Maia and Gunnar Nelson—the two best grapplers in the welterweight division, if not the entire promotion—will meet at the Dec. 12 event.

The news was reported Friday by MMA Junkie.

Nelson (14-1-1) is coming off a masterful first-round submission of Brandon Thatch in July. It was the 10th submission win for the 27-year-old Iceland native since he entered pro MMA

In 2015, Maia (21-6) dispelled any notion that, at age 37, he was ready to hang up his gloves. In March, the fourth-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and former grappling world champion handed Ryan LaFlare the first loss of LaFlare’s career. Then, in August, Maia dominated Neil Magny—who had won his last seven straight—before garnering a second-round chokeout win.

MMA fans have to hope that this card avoids the dreaded injury bug and stays at least relatively intact, given the star and firepower up and down the card.

UFC 194 is headlined by a featherweight title-unification bout between interim champ Conor McGregor and lineal champ Jose Aldo.

In the co-main event, Luke Rockhold challenges Chris Weidman for the UFC middleweight strap while, one fight below, Ronaldo Souza and Yoel Romero battle for a likely shot at the winner.

Other bouts reportedly agreed on and announced Friday for UFC 194 include a battle between noted featherweight strikers Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens, and the return of Urijah Faber in a bout with Frankie Saenz. 

Of all the recent fight announcements, however, Nelson vs. Maia may be the most tantalizing. Fans have been clamoring for this elite-level grappling match for years. It was originally scheduled to take place at UFC Fight Night 76 but was put on hold after Maia suffered a staph infection.

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Fans of elite grappling in mixed martial arts rejoice.

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