Demian Maia will try to make it two wins in a row against Mike
Pyle in Tulsa. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has added a pair of bouts to its
Aug. 23 event in Tulsa, Okla.
The promotion announced on Wednesday that Demian Maia
will face Mike Pyle in a
welterweight clash, while Francis
Carmont will square off with Thales
Leites at 185 pounds. UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. dos Anjos”
takes place at the BOK Center and is headlined by a lightweight
showdown between Benson
Henderson and Rafael dos
A former middleweight title challenger, Maia is 4-2 since dropping
to 170 pounds. Most recently, the Brazilian grappling ace halted a
two-fight skid with a unanimous verdict over Alexander
Yakovlev at “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” finale on May
Pyle, 38, has experienced a late-career resurgence, winning five of
his last six Octagon appearances. “Quicksand” scored a third-round
TKO against T.J.
Waldburger in his last outing at UFC 170.
Carmont climbed into the 185-pound Top 10 on the strength of six
straight wins to begin his UFC tenure. However, back-to-back losses
Souza and C.B.
Dollaway have slowed the momentum of the Tristar Gym
After a four-year hiatus from the Octagon, Leites has won three
straight upon his return to the Las Vegas-based organization,
besting Tom Watson,
Herman and Trevor
Smith in succession.