Maia’s second effort at welterweight will take place at
153, promotion officials announced Tuesday, as the Brazilian
will square off with Rick Story at
the Oct. 13 event.
Verbal agreements are in place for the contest, which will be
decided in Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena. The evening’s main card
airs live on pay-per-view and will see Jose Aldo
defend his UFC featherweight title against once-beaten challenger
Known as one of the UFC’s finest jiu-jitsu practitioners,
34-year-old Maia made a successful debut at 170 pounds in his most
recent outing, stopping Dong Hyun
Kim less than a minute into their July 7 meeting at UFC 148.
Prior to that performance, Maia racked up a 9-4 promotional record
at 185 pounds, including an unsuccessful challenge for Anderson
Silva’s middleweight title in 2010.
Story also enters the cage following a win, as “The Horror”
outpointed Octagon newcomer Brock
Jardine at UFC on FX 4 last month. The victory snapped a
two-fight skid for Story, who won six straight UFC bouts before
dropping unanimous decisions to Charlie
Brenneman and Martin
Kampmann to close out 2011.