Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields Expected to Headline UFC Fight Night 29 in Brazil

August 13, 2013
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UFC-on-Fox-2-workouts-Demian-Maia-281A highly anticipated welterweight bout between Demian Maia and Jake Shields now has a home.

The fight is reportedly set to headline UFC Fight Night 29 on Oct. 9 in Brazil, according to a report from The venue is targeted to be the Jose Correa Gymnasium in Barueri, São Paulo, according to

Maia was supposed to be fighting on the recent UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie fight card in Rio de Janeiro, but had the fight yanked out from under him when Josh Koscheck withdrew due to injury.

Following a roller coaster ride during his last couple of years at middleweight, Maia (18-4) dropped to welterweight last year and hasn’t looked back. He is currently 3-0 at 170 pounds, racking up victories over Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story and Jon Fitch.

Maia hasn’t fought since defeating Fitch at UFC 156 in February.

Shields (28-6-1, 1 NC) has also bounced around weight classes. He left Strikeforce as the promotion’s middleweight champion, but dropped to welterweight upon entering the Octagon.

He defeated Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut, but then lost back-to-back bouts to Georges St-Pierre and Jake Ellenberger.

Shields then jumped up to middleweight where he defeated Yoshiro Akiyama, but had a victory over Ed Herman turned to a no contest after Shields failed his post-fight drug test.

He returned to welterweight at UFC 161 in May, winning a split decision victory over Tyron Woodley.

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  • Obviously Demian Maia by Sub

    • King_DG

      Obviously?! Shields hasn’t lost by sub before ever! I say it’s going to be a decision, probably a repeat of what happened to Fitch

      • MMA Fan

        jake has never fought a Damian Maia before… Maia by sub

        • David

          Maia by Sub

          • David

            Or Maia by KO.
            Either way Maia wins

    • Ian Price

      Maia is a little better at submissions, but honestly, this is mma…..

  • Yes! I have been asking for this when they were both at MW. I know this is an MMA bout but these guys have a chance to put in a great show if they go to the ground. I really hope they don’t try to due another in the striking area because honestly that would be a horrible fight. They need to stick with their strongest point and grapple with each other. I just hope it doesn’t turn out like Maia and Fitch, that fight was boring.

    • TheCerealKiller

      It’s going to be Maia/Fitch 2.

      • I really hope not. I was very upset with that fight. I expected a beautiful ground fight where Fitch would use his wrestling and submission defense and roll with Maia aggressively. Maia just hugged Fitch the whole time.

        • MuayThaiFood

          It was some dominate, technical hugging. Would have been over in the first if it wasn’t for Fitch’s submission defense.

          • I can’t even pick a winner on this. I know Mais credentials are incredible but Sheilds is not at all a slouch on the ground and has never been submitted in MMA. I don’t know if he’s been submitted in any grappling competitions. I was going to say Shields by tko but the beating Maia put on Rick Story really impressed me, I did not see that one coming.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Pick Maia, he’s should have an advantage on the ground and his striking has been improving. I don’t see an advantage for Shields anywhere. Anything can happen but Maia should have this.

          • I think your right ThaiFood. I’ll go with Maia on this one. He has been way more impressive then Shields in the UFC and when he beat down Story liked that I was in somewhat shock b/c Story is a durable guy.

    • bajafox

      This could either be a really good technical fight, or a really boring decision… Either way, I’m just glad it’s free

      • I hope it’s technical. I don’t want either guy trying to show his “improved” striking game. I really hope this fight is aggressive and can really showcase the talent they both posses as world class grapplers. It’s actually very important they are active on the ground because MMA is still gaining new fans every fight card and guys need to show that ground fighting is just as technical and aggressive as stand up and it’s a beautiful art.

        • Lucas Freire

          I think that’s exactly what’ll happen. Shields isn’t crazy to pull his infamous guard against someone of Maia’s caliber, I think he’ll try to take the fight standing.
          Clinch is also dangerous, as Maia’s judo throws are not exactly something you see everyday on the MMA scenario

          • What I hope for and what I think are two different things. I think this fight will go everywhere to be honest. Then somebody shoots in and we get it on with submission offense and defense. Honestly everyone, the key to this being a good fight is up the ref. I hope Herb Dean refs this fight.

          • Lucas Freire

            I think Shields’ll win a boring jabbing decision

          • Chase Brian Beebe

            youre not very good at predictions

          • Lucas Freire

            I hope so. Shields has the most boring game ever! He’s a BJJ/wrestler guy with soft hands.

          • Maias dealt with better guys on the feet minus Nate The Great. I think he can close the gab and at least get a takedown or sweep. I don’t want to be harsh before the fight but this sounds like a way better match up in grappling then in MMA. Not to state the obvious.

  • fsunoles10

    honestly im one of those guys that just loves a stand up war but i cant wait for shields and maia, should be an insane display of grappling going on and i wouldnt be surprised if shields gets the better of it.

  • uncle

    Maia has improved so much I would like to see him get
    a title shot

  • Darin

    “A highly anticipated welterweight bout…” I stopped reading right there, as I now know this article is not based on a reality that I am familiar with.

  • Ian Price

    This fight might turn into a grappling FOTY

  • diazfan209

    There’s some great fights coming up soon that I’m highly anticipating & this is definitely one of them.

  • Kbroesq

    I’m totally late to this story, but I cannot understand this fight. Maia is way ahead of Shields right now. The only loss Maia has had since the UFC 130s is Weidman, and in retrospect, we didn’t know how good Weidman was at that point. It’s pretty impressive that Maia took him to a decision.

    Shields’ only wins have been unimpressive. I think Shields is getting KO’d. Even if I thought these guys were equally matched on the ground (and I do not), Maia is way ahead of Shields on the feet.

    I think Maia can win any way he wants to win this fight.