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No Clear Date or Event, Demian Maia and Jake Shields Agree to UFC Welterweight Showdown

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

UFC-on-Fox-2-workouts-Demian-Maia-310Brazilian welterweight Demian Maia was supposed to be fighting on this weekend’s 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.

Although Maia was pulled from the fight card altogether, he already has another opponent lined up.

Maia will next face Jake Shields, according to a report on UFC Tonight on Tuesday night.

There were few details available as to when or where the two would meet, but both fighters have reportedly agreed to the bout.

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 then 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.

This is an important bout for both fighters, as a victory over the other notches the winner at the top end of the weight class.

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  • julian moran

    Maia will school Shields.

    • uncle

      Maia might even make Shields tap
      which would be epic

  • Rjm555

    He did not fight akiyama at 185; it was a welterweight bout.

  • drkdisciple

    this one could be a cure for insomnia!

  • lowlb

    Oh Jake, I am so sorry bro..
    Maias getting the shaft because submissions are boring to 13 year olds. I think the only person in the division who could give him a hard time, (including GSP) is Hendrix.
    The Maia/Weidman fight showed he has a hard time with powerful wrestlers. And I don’t think Maia will fall for a Marqaurt again.
    I like what Maia did to Sonnen.. Maybe I’m wrong about Maia and wrestlers.

    • Jeb Payne

      Look at what he did to fitch though, that may of been true at middleweight due to size but hes a big welterweight

  • anonymous

    i smell ko

  • Adam Vogt North Yarmouth

    I think this is a great match up. Looking forward to this fight.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    I’ve been waiting for this fight for a few years now. I hope these guys don’t try to stand up, I really hope they take it to the mat and we get to see two of the highest level grapplers go at it. I know it’s mma these two guys can put on a nice ground fight. Shields hasn’t been impressive coming over but a fight with Damien Maia on the ground will get him working.

    • julian moran

      Shields is not one of the highest level grapplers. You have guys like Maia, Roger Gracie, Jacare. Then you have guys like Shields, Nelson, Diaz, who jiu jitsu wise, have no chance against the highest level grapplers.

      • fsunoles10

        he out grappled ben askren, so i dont know about him not being high level. but you mean the same roger gracie that grappled with tim kennedy and couldnt do anything? yeah you’re right bud.

        • julian moran

          What is your point? That Roger Gracie did not submit Kennedy does not change the fact that Maia is many levels above Shields in jui jitsu.

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        I understand where your coming from. It’s just the thought of Shields wrestling along with submissions against Maias high level grappling just makes for a nice ground fight and can really show the difference in levels. If what your saying is right, it will be an honor for either man to win this fight via submission I pray for. With all due respect to both fighters I just hope this doesn’t go to a boring decision like Maia/Fitch. That fight was horrible.

        • julian moran

          I liked that Maia Fitch fight.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            I’ll have to watch it again. I just remember Maia on him the entire fight with no improvement on positions for either guy.

      • Ian Price

        Maia is definitely better than shields at grappling, but not much better. Should be a highly competitive fight.

        • julian moran

          Maia is way better then Shields.

  • BobLemons

    I love the match up stylistically but I think it’s a risky one for Maia, a loss will set him back but a win doesn’t do all that much for his ranking..

    • Manuel Lopez

      I think it will. Submitting Shields would be impressive, vice versa too.

  • greentyson

    If Maia wins? I would like him to face GSP next since GSP wont fight Rory

  • fsunoles10

    i think shields grappling is gonna really earn him a new found respect amongst the common fan after this one.

    • Pete

      not after maia chokes the sh** out of him

    • Tree

      Maia’s BJJ is 10 levels ahead of Shields, Jake Shields is shaky at best. Maia is absolutely on a streak right now and someone as inconsistent and dirty as Shields is just FOOD. Easy win.

  • Leo

    Would like to see Shields x Askren!