By Mike Bohn
Demian Maia’s second venture in the welterweight division will come in his home country of Brazil as it appears the jiu-jitsu will fight Rick Story at UFC 153 on Oct. 5 in Rio de Janiero, Brail.
Story (14-5) announced the fight against Maia (16-4) on his official twitter account when he tweeted on Tuesday afternoon writing “I’m fighting Demian Maia in Rio!”
Maia made his welterweight debut at UFC 148 in July, defeating Dong Hyun Kim by TKO after Kim dislocated his rib as the result of a slam by Maia. While he did fight his first four professional bouts in Brazil, UFC 153 will mark the first time Maia competes in his home country in his 14-fight tenure with the organization.
Story rebounded from back-to-back losses to Charlies Brenneman and Martin Kampmann with a win against Brock Jardine last June. The 27-year-old has gone the distance in eight of his 10 UFC fights, including his last five consecutive bouts. Story has never been finished in his 19-fight career and will ...