Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Demian Maia (left) celebrates his win over Dong Hyun Kim during a welterweigh bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
The mixed martial arts (MMA) fights slated for UFC 153 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 13, 2012, just keep on coming.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tonight announced another Welterweight scrap is in the works for the pay-per-view (PPV) fight card, pitting former number one Middleweight contender, Demian Maia, opposite the up-and-coming Rick Story.
Maia most recently made a triumphant 170-pound debut, needing less than one minute of cage time to dispatch of Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 148 earlier this month. It was an "freak" finish, with "Stun Gun" clutching his rib cage in pain in the midst of being taken down to the mat, which is where the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist shines brightest.
But, Maia didn't need to uncork any of his slick submissions because the referee stepped in to stop the fight when he recognized the South Korean was in distress.
It's safe to assume that he won't have such an easy time when locks horns with game fighter like Story.
"Horror" just got himself back in the win column after a carousel of injured opponents that included Rich Attonito and Papy Abedi, finally landed on promotional newcomer Brock Jardine. Story managed to register a unanimous decision win, but it was a far cry from his back-to-back, eye-opening victories over Johny Hendricks and Thiago Alves that put him on the map.
Consecutive losses to Charlie Brenneman and Martin Kampmann quickly derailed that hype train, but a convincing win over a talented and name opponent like Maia could get him back on the rails with a quickness.
UFC 153 will feature a 145-pound showdown between UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo vs Erik Koch in the main event of the evening, while former 205-pound division champion Quinton Jackson will likely compete for the last time in the Octagon against fast-rising Brazilian banger Glover Teixeira. And who could possibly not be looking forward to the Middleweight showdown between top division contenders, Vitor Belfort vs. Alan Belcher, in the co-featured fight of the night.