Demain Maia Draws Chris Weidman to Mend UFC on Fox Triple Bill

January 17, 2012
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The UFC didn’t have much time to find a replacement when Mark Munoz fell off the UFC on Fox 2 fight card on Tuesday, but they scrambled, quickly re-shuffling the deck.

Munoz was supposed to face Chael Sonnen in the second fight of a triple-header on Fox, but when he dropped out, Michael Bisping was pulled from his fight with Demian Maia to face Sonnen. The two fastest mouths in MMA, Sonnen and Bisping, will now square off with a shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

That left Maia dangling in the wind.

He was left hanging for long, however, as UFC president Dana White tweeted late Tuesday afternoon that undefeated Chris Weidman agreed to step up a week and a half out from the fight to face the Brazilian submission master.

The UFC did ask Rousimar Palhares, who is coming off of an impressive finish of Mike Massenzio at UFC 142 Rio over the weekend, if he wanted to fight Maia, but he told White that he was “banged up and can’t do it.”

Weidman (7-0) enters the fight with three consecutive victories during his UFC tenure. He recently choked Tom Lawlor unconscious at UFC 139.

The UFC on Fox 2 fight card now features Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping, and Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman on the Fox telecast.

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  • Weidman by Weidman!

  • Mario

    This is a good test for Weidman.

    Should be a interesting fight!

  • Palhares vs. Maia would have been a good fight, hope they do that one sometime in the future.

    Wonder why he didn’t take it. His fight with Massenzio only lasted 1 minute and 3 seconds and I don’t remember him taking any damage. Certainly not enough to be “too banged up” anyway. A fight with Maia on 2 weeks notice is a lot to ask I guess. I think that’s a fight he could have won though.

    • Mario

      You bring up an EXCELLENT suggestion.

      Maia vs Palhares would be VERY interesting 🙂

      • therealmo

        they offered him that fight but palhares turned it down

  • 808empire

    Dunham is gonna beat the piss out of lentz.
    That fight should be on PPV card.

  • T Spoon

    Maia VS Palahres would be boring. Jits vs Jits is very hard to set through. It is fun to watch them apply it in fights with strikers and wrestlers, but 2 Jits fighters going head-to-head will not be fun to watch.

    • Seriously? LOL

      You need to go find another sport to watch if you think watching 2 high level JJ guys is boring.

      • T Spoon

        If the fight is JJ and JJ only it would be boring, compared to a fight that will showcase actual MMA. I dont have to watch any other sport. I have my opinion, and you have yours.

  • are you kidding me?!

    I think you’re confusing it with 2 Wrestlers fighting each other…

    2 JJ fighters in the ring is an incredible techniccal chess match!

    JJ has the potential to finish a fight as fast as a knock out, creating a sense of urgency for each fighter which is really interesting to watch. this is a good test for Weidmann, but I would’ve much preferred to see Maia vs Palhares too bad he turned it down