Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia Look to Rebound in Welterweight Clash at UFC 170

December 6, 2013
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Rory MacDonald UFC on Fox 8 Post_9262Just a few days ago, UFC officials had been working hard to put together a welterweight showdown between Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia.

Their efforts paid off, as the promotion on Friday announced that MacDonald vs. Maia would take place on Feb. 22 at UFC 170 in Las Vegas.

The announcement came shortly after Rashad Evans revealed that he would headline the card by welcoming Daniel Cormier to the light heavyweight division.

MacDonald and Maia is each coming off of a loss in his most recent bout.

MacDonald (15-2), who had seemed to be on a collision course with training partner Georges St-Pierre, had any talk about fighting his teammate set to the side when Robbie Lawler won a split decision victory over him at UFC 167 in November.

Prior to losing to Lawler, MacDonald had been on a five-fight winning streak that included victories over the likes of Jake Ellenberger, BJ Penn, and Nate Diaz.

Maia (18-5) also appeared to be rocketing up the ranks towards St-Pierre, but had his hopes for a title shot dashed by Jake Shields. Shields was also the recipient of a split-decision nod, scoring the win over Maia in their headlining bout at UFC Fight Night 29 in early October in Brazil.

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  • steeltown65

    It was great watching Robbie kick rorys ass.

  • Bugster

    I dont like this fight, not sure if Maia can turn this to a exciting fight. Rory will just do that distance jab to a decision. I rather see Mcdonald against Erik Silva a guy who comes to fight or even the winner Kim.

    • McDonald vs Silva would be a great fight. Erik Silva would come forward with no hesitation and it would make an exciting fight. Rory is upset about the Lawler fight and at least he doesn’t have to worry about getting ko’d by Maia. I have Rory by UD but I would not be surprised if Maia won by submission either. After the fight with Shields I wont count him out.

  • Chase Brian Beebe

    this is a better fight for rory now he won’t have to worry about the knockout power of jake or robbie