Article

Belfort injured; Maia steps up to face Silva at UFC 112

Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - Following a hard-fought three round win over Dan Miller at UFC 109 that showed him to be more than just a submission expert, Demian Maia will jump right back into training camp for the biggest fight of his career – an April 10th meeting with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 112 at Ferrari World on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

By Thomas Gerbasi

Following a hard-fought three round win over Dan Miller at UFC 109 that showed him to be more than just a submission expert, Demian Maia will jump right back into training camp for the biggest fight of his career – an April 10th meeting with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 112 at Ferrari World on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Maia replaces countryman Vitor Belfort, who underwent emergency surgery on his left shoulder earlier this week to fix a chronic injury that got worse in his training camp for Silva.

“It’s always tough when a top fighter like Vitor Belfort has to pull out of a big title fight, but we have found a high quality replacement,” said UFC President Dana White. “Top contender Chael Sonnen was not available due to injuries sustained in his fight with Nate Marquardt, so top six middleweight Demian Maia will step in to fight for the title. Maia is an Abu Dhabi grappling champion, a five-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, and he is 12-1 in MMA and coming off a win over Dan Miller at UFC 109. Anderson Silva vs Demian Maia will be a matchup between MMA’s best striker and MMA’s best grappler.”

A 32-year old native of Sao Paulo, Brazil who, like Silva, owns a black belt in jiu-jitsu, Maia (12-1) has won six of his seven UFC bouts, including five by submission, with four of those victories earning him Submission of the Night honors. He also holds a 2009 submission win over number one middleweight contender Chael Sonnen. In his most recent bout, at UFC 109 on February 6th, Maia went three rounds with talented New Jersey native Dan Miller and earned a near shutout unanimous decision. Now he will face the pound for pound king in Silva, who is unbeaten in ten UFC bouts and looking to add to his middleweight title defense record when he puts his belt on the line for the sixth time.

In the co-main event of UFC 112, lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to continue his dominant reign when he takes on Frankie Edgar. Also, two legends meet for the first time when future UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes battles groundfighting master Renzo Gracie.
 

토요일, 9월 24
10PM/7PM
ETPT
Brasilia, Brazil

미디어

최근
브라질리아 계체량 현장, UFN 브라질리아 크리스 사이보그 vs. 리나 란스베리 대회 계체량 하이라이트. 대회는 일요일 오전 11시(한국시각) 스포TV를 통해 중계된다.
2016. 9. 23
UFC 해설가 조 로건이 UFN 브라질리아 대회 공동메인이벤트 헤난 바라오 vs. 필리페 노버 경기에 대한 예상을 밝힌다. 대회는 일요일 오전 11시(한국시각) 스포TV를 통해 중계된다.
2016. 9. 23
UFN 포틀랜드 대회까지 얼마 남지 않은 현재, UFC 191 대회 존 리네커가 프란시스코 리베라를 상대로 발휘한 경기력을 다시 확인해보자. 리네커는 2016년 10월 1일 존 도슨을 상대한다.
2016. 9. 23
현 UFC 미들급 챔피언 마이클 비스핑은 UFC 100 대회에서 댄 헨더슨에게 UFC 역사에 남은 최악의 KO패를 당한 바 있다. 비스핑은 UFC 204 타이틀 방어전에서 복수를 노린다.
2016. 9. 23