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Demian Maia will get his title shot in July at UFC 214



It only took seven straight wins at welterweight for Demian Maia to finally get his title shot.

As stated in the video above, the Brazilian submission machine will get his crack at UFC welterweight king and UFC Tonight co-host Tyron Woodley at UFC 214 next month. The fight will be one of three title fights on the stacked Anaheim offering.

Maia is 10-2 since dropping down to welterweight back in the summer of ’12 with his only losses coming against Rory MacDonald and Jake Shields – two former title challengers who are no longer employed by the company. He’s recorded wins over Carlos Condit, Gunnar Nelson, Matt Brown and most recently, Jorge Masvidal, during that stretch.

Since dethroning Robbie Lawler to win the title last July in spectacular fashion, Woodley has been linked exclusively with Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson in a closely contested feud that saw T-Wood retain his title on two occasions. The two fought to a majority draw on the UFC’s NYC debut card in what was clearly the best fight of that historic November night. The rematch, however, would not come close in terms of entertainment but for Woodley, it would end with him keeping the title via a majority decision and putting the Thompson chapter behind him, for now.

Maia’s last shot at UFC gold came all the back in the summer of ’10 during his infamous ‘fight’ with then middleweight champion Anderson Silva in Abu Dhabi.

Here’s a look at the updated card for UFC 214 ‘Cormier vs Jones II’ as it stands tonight:

Light Heavyweight Title Bout
Daniel Cormier (c) (19-1) vs. Jon Jones (22-1)

Welterweight Title Bout
Tyron Woodley (c) (17-3-1) vs. Demian Maia (25-6)

Women’s Featherweight Title Bout (Vacant)
Cris Cyborg (17-1) vs. Tonya Evinger (19-6)

Light Heavyweight Bout
Jimi Manuwa (17-2) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (14-1)

Featherweight Bout
Ricardo Lamas (17-5) vs. Jason Knight (18-2)

Bantamweight Bout
Renan Barao (34-4) vs. Aljamain Sterling (13-2)

Women’s Strawweight Bout
Kailin Curran (4-4) vs. Alexandra Albu (2-0)

Lightweight Bout
Josh Burkman (28-15) vs. Drew Dober (17-8)

Women’s Bantamweight Bout
Sara McMann (11-3) vs. Ketlen Vieira (8-0)

Flyweight Bout
Jarred Brooks (12-0) vs. Eric Shelton (10-3)

Heavyweight Bout
Dimitry Smoliakov (8-2) vs. Adam Wieczorek (8-1)

Lightweight Bout
Sage Nortcutt (8-2) vs. John Makdessi (14-6)

Featherweight Bout
Brian Ortega (11-0) vs. Renato Moicano (11-0-1)

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