UFC officials announced the bout Wednesday evening following Woodley initially breaking the news on UFC Tonight.
“I’ll be taking on backpack, backpack. Demian Maia and I will be fighting on July 29,” Woodley said.
“He’s coming for the belt and guess what, I’m not giving it up easy. I’ve been training, cutting those angles, so I can lift that head up. I know he’s going to go for the legs and will try to put me down and work his jiu-jitsu game. I’ll be very prepared. I’m excited to defend my belt.”
Woodley (17-3-1) hasn’t lost in his last five fights. He had one draw with Stephen Thompson, but scored a majority decision over “Wonderboy” in their rematch at UFC 209 in March.
Maia (25-6), despite being one of the top grappler’s in the fight game, has steadily bolstered his arsenal with a strong stand-up game. He has reeled off seven consecutive victories while patiently awaiting a title shot. Maia is coming off of a victory over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211 in May.
UFC 214 is headlined by Daniel Cormier putting his light heavyweight championship on the line in a rematch against former champion Jon Jones. The card also features Cris “Cyborg” Justino squaring off with Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger in a battle for the featherweight title recently stripped from Germaine de Randamie.