Brazilian jiu-jitsu stud, Demian Maia (7-0), will look for his third straight "Submission of the Night" when he takes on Jason MacDonald (20-9) in a middleweight bout at UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy" at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 9.
MMAmania.com exclusively learned about the bout in the past few days.
Maia -- a highly decorated jiu-jitsu champion and 2007 Abu Dhabi tournament winner -- has looked to be on another planet in terms of talent when his fights have hit the mat. In fact, he has nabbed the best submission honors in his two (and only) fights inside the Octagon, including a ridiculous choke and simultaneous face smashing of Ed Herman at UFC 83: "Serra vs. St. Pierre 2" on April 19.
He's no joke.
MacDonald is also coming off a win at UFC 83, taking out Joe Doerksen with a third round technical knockout. He has won two of his last four fights within the eight-sided cage and will certainly need a win here to prove that he belongs in the UFCs 185-pound division.
"The Athlete" has built somewhat of a reputation as a submission specialist, which is certainly his strength in most of his bouts. However, it will be super interesting to see what kind of strategy he employs when it comes to Maia -- his jiu-jitsu is good, but not that good when compared to the Brazilian's.
UFC 87 features the heavyweight clash between Brock Lesnar and Mark Coleman, as well as a yet to be announced main event. Lightweights Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta are also booked to duke it out for 155-pound number one contender supremacy.