Demian Maia (15-3) vs. Chris Weidman (7-0)
In an intriguing middleweight pairing, the former title challenger Maia is looking to spoil the coming-out party of Weidman, one of the division's hottest prospects.
Maia, 34, is widely regarded as the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner at 185 pounds and one of the best in the entire sport. A 3rd degree black belt, the former ADCC submission wrestling world champion is coming off a decision win over Jorge Santiago.
Entering the UFC with a perfect professional record, Maia made a statement by submitting Ryan Jensen, Ed Herman, Jason MacDonald, Nate Quarry and Chael Sonnen in his first five appearances. Losses to Nate Marquardt, Anderson Silva and Mark Munoz have sent the Brazilian southpaw back to the drawing board as he hopes to regain some of the momentum he possessed in 2008.
Weidman, 27, has looked sensational in his three fights since joining the UFC, outpointing Alessio Sakara in his debut before submitting Jesse Bongfeldt and ...