by Ken Pishna (Reporting by Damon Martin) – MMAWeekly.com
A fight between UFC middleweight standouts Demian Maia and Dan Miller is in the works for UFC 109 on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas. Sources close to the bout told MMAWeekly.com on Friday that the fight has been verbally agreed to.
Maia (11-1) was on the fast track to a title shot against fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva, racking up 11 straight victories to start his professional career. That was before he ran smack into the fist of Nate Marquardt at UFC 102 in August, suffering his first defeat. With a record of 5-1 in the Octagon, it won’t take long for Maia to get back on track if he can string some more wins together.
Miller maintains a similar resume of 11-2 overall with a 3-1 record in the Octagon. He is coming off of a loss to former WEC title contender Chael Sonnen at UFC 98, his first defeat under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner. Miller is a former International Fight League (IFL) middleweight champion.
Few details have emerged for UFC 109 other than the previously mentioned date and location. Other participants rumored for the card are Matt Serra and Matt Hughes, albeit in separate bouts.
(UPDATE / 9:15 p.m. PT, Oct. 16, 2009 – The number of the Feb. 6 event corrected to UFC 109.)