And beating Michael Bisping at UFC on FOX 2 would have been a great way to do it.
So what happens to his plans for getting back "in the mix?"
According to Maia (via MMA Heat), not much, as his new opponent, undefeated wrestler Chris Weidman, is "the real deal" and beating him should be seen as an accomplishment on par with defeating Bisping.
"I think now, fans are much more educated about fighters and they know how tough people are. Bisping has a great name and he's a tough guy but Weidman, people don't know him so well but they know he's the real deal, very tough, so I think it puts me in the same spot if I win this fight."
Maia breaks down his fight against the "All American" and a whole lot more, after the jump.
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