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Two New Bouts Added To UFC Fight Night 49

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Two new bouts have been added to UFC Fight Night 49, as Demian Maia meets Mike Pyle and Thales Leites squares off with Francis Carmont.

Set for August 23 from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will meet Rafael dos Anjos in the main event.

Maia (19-6) snapped a two-fight losing skid by besting Alexander Yakovlev this past May. The former middleweight No. 1 contender is 5-3 in his last eight overall, losing via decision to Chris Weidman, Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald.

Pyle (26-9-1) is 5-1 in his last six, losing only to Matt Brown via knockout last August. He is coming off a TKO victory over TJ Waldburger.

Leites (23-4) holds a 6-0 record in his last six bouts, including three straight since returning to the UFC. He finished Trevor Smith in April following decision wins over Ed Herman and Tom Watson.

Carmont (22-9) will be trying to snap a two-fight losing skid after winning his first six in the UFC. He has suffered back-to-back decision defeats at the hands of CB Dollaway and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.

Below is the current list of fights for the card:

Lightweight: Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Flyweight: Wilson Reis vs. Tim Elliott

Welterweight: Brandon Thatch vs. Jordan Mein

Featherweight: Tom Niinimaki vs. Chas Skelly

Featherweight: Ernest Chavez vs. Mirsad Bektic

Bantamweight: Aaron Phillips vs. Matt Hobar

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Mike Pyle

Middleweight: Thales Leites vs. Francis Carmont

Demian Maia Back On Track With Decision Win In Brazil

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Demian Maia might have been feeling the pressure of competing in his hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 41, as the submission wizard was forced to go the distance against Alexander Yakovlev.

The 36-year-old Maia had no trouble dominating for the majority of the 15 minutes, but he wasn't able to ever finish off Yakovlev.

"I am happy to be fighting in my hometown, the place I grew up all my life," he said. "I fought very hard to try to get the submission, but wasn't able to do so."

Maia (19-6) snapped a two-fight losing streak to Rory MacDonald and Jake Shields, earning his first victory since a 2013 bout vs. Jon Fitch. He is now 4-2 at the welterweight ranks after working his way up to a contender fight at middleweight.

While his niche will always be on the ground, Maia admitted he has been working hard to improve in the stand-up arena.

"I am very happy with my improving striking over the years," he said. "I was able to knock him down because he was worried about my takedown. That opened up his guard."

For Yakovlev, the loss dropped him to 21-5-1 overall. He had won three straight, including a decision over Paul Daley, to earn a spot in the UFC.

Newcomer Lands Bout With Demian Maia At UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Alexander Yakovlev will make his Octagon debut in May at UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Miocic, according to Yakovlev's coach.

Yakovlev will square off with Demian Maia, replacing Mike Pierce who suffered a hand injury. The card is set for May 31 from Sao Paulo, Brazil and features a main event between Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic.

Prior to signing with the UFC, Yakovlev (21-4-1) fought in Russia, including a November decision victory over Paul Daley. He is 8-1-1 in his last 10 bouts overall.

Maia (18-6) will be looking to snap a two-fight losing skid, including a February loss to Rory MacDonald. He had won three straight prior to his recent slide.

Below is the current lineup for the night:

Heavyweight: Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev

Welterweight: Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalatov

Featherweight: Mark Eddiva vs. Edimilson Souza

Lightweight: Ernest Chavez vs. Elias Silverio

Lightweight: Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov

Featherweight: Robbie Peralta vs. Rony Jason

Bantamweight: Wilson Reis vs. Pedro Munhoz

Featherweight: Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega

Broken Hand Forces Mike Pierce Out Of UFN Brazil Fight

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Mike Pierce will not be making the long journey to Brazil next month to face Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Miocic.

Pierce confirmed a report by MMAjunkie.com stating that he suffered a broken hand, posting "yep, it's true" on Facebook.

The report states that the UFC is looking to find a new opponent for Maia to remain on the May 31 card from Sao Paulo. The event just received a new main event, as Junior dos Santos-Stipe Miocic will compete.

Pierce (17-6) has posted a 9-4 record inside the Octagon, including a 5-2 mark in his last seven. He was submitted by Rousimar Palhares last October.

UFC 170 Bonuses: MacDonald, Maia, Thompson, and Rousey Bank $50K

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Four fighters would take home extra cash following UFC 170 as UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Rory MacDonald, Demian Maia, and Stephen Thompson all took home $50,000. UFC president Dana White reported the bonuses at the UFC 170 Post-Fight Press Conference.

MacDonald and Maia would pick up "Fight of the Night" for their main card battle that saw MacDonald bounce back for the win. The bonuses mark MacDonald's second and Maia's sixth in the UFC.

Rousey and Thompson picked up performance bonuses for their respective TKO victories on the UFC 170 main card. The bonus is Rousey's  third and Thompson's second.

UFC 170: MacDonald vs. Maia Recap

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Tonight's final UFC 170 welterweight fight saw Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia battle it out in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two welterweights battled it out in a solid fight that saw MacDonald climb back into contention after a disappointing outing in his last fight.

More on UFC 170: Pyle Blasts Waldburger, 'Wonderboy' Impresses Again, Davis Edges Eye

MacDonald Rebounds to Control Maia

It did not look good early for Rory MacDonald as Demian Maia secured mount and controlled the first round. MacDonald bounced back in the second as he showed incredible tenacity and seized control of the fight with his striking in the second round. While Maia would get the fight back to the canvas in the third, MacDonald would battle back to his feet and return to dominating the final frame.

MacDonald managed to put himself back in the title picture by taking a few more risks and returning to his aggressive ways after two lackluster performances. Maia has now dropped two straight for the first time in his MMA career.

It was over when:

While Maia almost stole it in the third, MacDonald managed to get back to his feet and prevent a disappointing loss. The biggest factor in this fight was MacDonald being able to establish the body kick in the second round. So much of grappling is core strength and endurance, so once you hurt a strong grappler's body, it makes it easier to fend off takedowns. While using body kicks was a risk, it was a great call on MacDonald's part.

What's Next?

While it may be tempting to believe that MacDonald will get the winner of Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, the winner of the Jake Shields and Hector Lombard bout is a very possible scenario as well.

A First Look At UFC 136 Part 1: Herman/Russow, Maia/Santiago, And Grispi/Grice All Added

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

It took one day, one single day, for the upcoming ufc 136 card to go from a few matches to nearly complete. Yesterday, a grand total of six fights were all announced throughout the day for the upcoming event, with several major can’t-miss attractions scheduled for the card. It was news so huge that I’m going to have to break it up into two parts. So here’s the first part of “A First Look At UFC 136”, featuring the first three recently-announced bouts: Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow, Josh Grispi vs. Matt Grice, and Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago.

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Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz scheduled for UFC 131

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

A new middleweight match up has been added to an upcoming June event, which will be taking place under the UFC banner.

The winner of said bout will be making a strong case for himself to challenge for the promotion's middleweight crown, as Demian Maia and Mark Munoz will now be meeting inside the octagon.

The June event in question, UFC 131, which takes place in Vancouver, Canada at the Rogers Arena on June 11. The main-event of the pay-per-view will pit former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar against top contender Junior dos Santos, and with that much generated interested on said bout, both Maia and Munoz will be in an unenviable position to be viewed by millions of fans world wide. read more on the middleweight bout

Demian Maia campaigning for spot on "UFC: Rio" in August

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Demain Maia, a proud Brazilian with one of the best English-diction's the UFC has to offer, would like to return to his native country to compete no less in the organization's return to Brazil.

The worlds largest mixed martial arts promotion recently held a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in order to announce it's intentions on returning to the tropical country for the first time since October 1998.

Many native Brazilian fighters have already expressed their desires to compete on the card, ranging from champions Anderson Silva and Mauricio Rua, to top contenders Thiago Alves and now Demian Maia is among them. read more on Maia's desires to compete in Rio

Top 5 Opponents For Brian Stann

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Brian Stann is a UFC veteran, a former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. And at UFC 125 “Resolution”, he finally emerged as a legitimate threat in the UFC’s Middleweight division, beating back the always-dangerous Chris Leben and putting an end to what was arguably the best win-streak of Leben’s career. Moving forward, Stann could emerge as a legitimate championship contender by the time 2011 is through, so long as he faces the right opponents. And who should those opponents be? Here’s a Top 5 with just that in mind.

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By the Numbers: "The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale" Awards, Attendance, and Gate Receipts

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Another season of the popular UFC reality TV show “The Ultimate Fighter” has come and gone, another live special that traditionally ends the competition is once more in the history books. The UFC recently held its “The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale” event from the Pearl at the Palms in the UFC’s home base of Las Vegas, Nevada, and the traditional post-fight award bonuses as well as the attendance and live gate figures have been released.

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What's Next for the Winners and Losers of ""The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale"?

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Twelve seasons of the popular UFC reality TV show “The Ultimate Fighter” have now aired, twelve “Ultimate Finale” live events have come and gone. Last night was the latest “Ultimate Finale” event, and it certainly caused its fair share of controversy. In the main event, Jonathan Brookins defeated Michael Johnson to become the TUF 12 champion. But what does his future hold, and for that matter, the futures of all the men who competed at “The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale”? Here are my thoughts.

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