UFC Fight Night 29: Maia vs. Shields Announced for Brazil, Several Bouts Revealed

August 20, 2013
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Damien Maia vs Jake ShieldsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday announced the long-rumored UFC Fight Night 29: Maia vs. Shields. It will take place Oct. 9 at the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Brazil.

Demian Maia (18-4) and Jake Shields (28-6-1) top the fight card in a five-round welterweight main event.

“I am very happy and proud to be the main event,” said Maia. “I’ve always wanted to fight for the UFC in São Paulo, were I was born and raised. I have a special connection with the Jose Correa arena in Barueri, where I had my first major MMA milestone in 2006.

“My big goal is to get a title shot and become world champion. I know Jake Shields is a great opponent, with wins over names such as Dan Henderson and Carlos Condit, and beating him is sure to get me within title contention.”

“The Brazilian audience is intimidating and enthusiastic, and it makes for an excellent atmosphere,” said Jake Shields. “But once I get in the Octagon, I’ll be focused and ready. Fighting Demian on his home turf will not be an issue.

“His strengths are obvious: he’s the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu martial artist in my division. His weakness is his stand-up. I want to beat him at what he’s best at.”

The co-main event of the evening features another pivotal welterweight match-up, as Brazilian fighter Erick Silva takes on Korean standout Dong Hyun Kim.

Tickets for UFC Fight Night 29: Maia vs. Shields go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 21. The event will be broadcast live in the United States on Fox Sports 1.

UFC Fight Night 29 Confirmed Fight Card

-Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields
-Erick Silva vs. Dong Hyun Kim
-Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Stephens
-Thiago Silva vs. Matt Hamill
-Fábio Maldonado vs. Joey Beltran
-Raphael Assunção vs. TJ Dillashaw
-Hacran Dias vs. Rodrigo Damm
-Iliarde Santos vs. Chris Cariaso

(Photo courtesy of @DemianMaia)

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  • adice89

    He wants to beat mia at where hes best at? Dumb move. Mia will keep it standing until he wants to school sheilds on the ground.

    Decision win for Mia

    • Lucas Freire

      I really don’t understand what makes anyone think Maia’d like to stand and trade against Shields.
      Even though Shields has a horrible stand-up game, he’s still better than Maia.
      I think Maia will fitch Shields

      • Kbroesq

        Again, that’s just plain wrong. Maia’s stand-up is not that bad

  • TheCerealKiller

    I don’t get why people think Jake is such a great jiu-jitsu guy? He doesn’t finish fights. 54% of his wins are decisions and 2 of the most recent, Woodley and Kampmann, I thought he lost! He only has 10 subs out of his 28 wins. Let’s not forget his “prohibited substance” last October either.

    I’m taking Maia by KO.

    • Jay Mcgarrity

      Being a good jits guy doesn’t always translate into wins by submissions. Most of the time it’s easier to defend a sub than it is to sub someone. With the heightened experience and well rounded game that most fighters have these days you are less likely to find jiu-jitsu amateurs like before who are easy to sub. Some guys even have good submissions on paper but if you look at how they got them there are many first round guillotines, submissions finished after a guy gets hit by a big shot or barrage of shots, or a sub sunk in when a guy is tired and gassed out of his mind. Sergio Moraes had that pretty slick triangle last UFC and Mcdonald’s triangle on pickett was damn well executed so we are seeing some nice stuff almost every card but again that doesn’t make their jiu-jitsu skills superior just because they won with nice subs.

      I agree that Maia will probably take this fight but do you think by KO? Shields took some pretty big shots from Hendo and survived though I don’t remember if any landed fully flush. He was definitely hurt and survived so he obviously has some resilience. Maia has shown a strong power advantage at 170 in his recent fights though so I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw a KO. Going with Maia by sub.

      • Lucas Freire

        The problem is Maia has neither technique nor power on his hands, easier to see Shields KO’ing than Maia.
        But I think Maia’ll win, just not by KO.

        • uncle

          I use to think that before I seen him
          blast Rick Story

        • Kbroesq

          I’m sorry, but seeing the comment, “…easier to see Sheilds KO’ing Maia…” is one of the most shocking quotes I’ve ever seen.

          Maia has power and is getting pretty good with standup. He uses his standup now in nearly every fight he’s in with success.

          I cannot even think of a fight where Shields has successfully landed a decent punch.

          • Lucas Freire

            Well, I admit I may be wrong, I watched the whole fight against Fitch, but that wasn’t a striking match, and I only saw the sub against Story.
            Hence, the last fight I saw him standing was against Weidmann, where he looked very bad, but…Weidman just KOed Silva…So I don’t think it means his striking is that bad…

          • RonnieV

            Ask GSP or Dan Henderson if Shields can throw a punch. They are both boring fighters, will be a snoozefest.

    • RonnieV

      Shields has been knocked out once in his last 35 fights, and that was two weeks after his father/trainer died. Not happening!

  • julian moran

    easy win for Maia.

  • Tiddy28

    Quickly shaping up to be a very nice card this one is.

  • Kbroesq

    I didn’t get to comment in time on the first report of this story, so I will re-comment on this story:

    I don’t get this match – Maia is way ahead of Shields at this point. A lot of people will probably think they are equal on the ground; I don’t think so. Maia is probably the best BJJ practitioner in the UFC, not to mention his ability to translate that ability into the cage. Maia has been on a winning streak against quality opponents. His only loss since the UFC 130s was against Weidman, and in retrospect, can we blame him for that? We didn’t know Weidman at the time, but he’s the MW champ now and Maia took him to a hard fought decision that was not one-sided (yes, I know Weidman took the fight on short notice, but still, he was preparing for another fight anyway)

    Also, Maia is miles ahead of Shields in the stand up department; Maia has really improved there (as an aside, I see Sheilds getting KO’d – at least I hope that’s what happens because the alternative will be a waste of 15 minutes).

    Shields, on the other hand, has yet to put on a good UFC performance. He’s lost convincingly several times, and really has only humped his way to lackluster decisions victories, which in some cases, if not all of them, were controversial.

    On top of all that, this fight is a bad style match-up as far as the entertainment factor goes! If the fight made sense and was relevant, then entertainment comes second, but in this case, the fight makes no sense, so entertaining the fans should be a factor.

    In my opinion, you’re wasting two marque names on a fight that has a VERY HIGH chance of being a snooze fest when the match doesn’t make sense, and really isn’t relevant.

    • RonnieV

      Ha..you are an idiot! “He’s lost convincingly several times” Shields has lost twice in 8 years, and once was two weeks after his Dad/trainer died. His other loss was a decision to GSP, in which GSP came out of the fight more battered. Shields is still a top tier welterweight that has wins over Condit & Dan Henederson. I do agree that this fight will be a snoozer though.