One loss does not eliminate you from a division title race.
Two? That's when your ass gets sent to the back of the line. A fate Demian Maia and Rory MacDonald will try to avoid -- at the expense of each other -- when they lock horns as part of the UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV) event on February 22, 2013 from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC announced the welterweight clash earlier today.
Maia (18-5) seemed destined for a crack at the 170-pound crown after moving down from middleweight. He was able to secure three straight victories over top competition, including Dong Hyun Kim and Jon Fitch, but suffered a temporary setback when Jake Shields stymied him at UFC Fight Night 29 in Brazil.
MacDonald (15-2) will try to make it a permanent one.
Like his opponent, "Ares" was riding high against the best of the best; however, wins over B.J. Penn and Jake Ellenberger were of no use against "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler, who did enough damage at UFC 167 last month in "Sin City" to convince the cageside judges he was the better man.
Two fighters coming off a loss, one spot in the pecking order at stake.
UFC 170 will be headlined by a light heavyweight main event pitting former heavyweight Daniel Cormier against ex-division titleholder Rashad Evans. Elsewhere on the card, Rafael dos Anjos and Rustam Khabilov will hook 'em up in lightweight action.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more UFC 170 fight announcements in the coming weeks.