Middleweights Maia, Santiago to Collide at UFC 136


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit
A pair of Brazilian middleweights will collide at UFC 136, as Demian Maia will square off with Jorge Santiago at the Oct. 8 event.

Maia (Pictured; file photo) announced the news via Twitter on Friday. While not yet officially announced by the promotion, UFC 136 is expected to emanate from the Toyota Center in Houston. The show will likely feature another pivotal 185-pound affair, as Brian Stann takes on Chael Sonnen.

Maia, 33, possesses one of the most potent submission games in the sport. The 11-time UFC veteran began his Octagon career in 2007, rattling off five straight submission victories before being derailed by Nate Marquardt in 2009. Since that time, the southpaw has posted a record of 3-2, notching decision wins over Dan Miller, Mario Miranda and Kendall Grove. Maia received a title shot against middleweight champion Anderson Silva in April 2010, but he was thoroughly outclassed in a bizarre, one-sided UFC 112 main event. Most recently, Maia had a two-fight winning streak snapped by Mark Munoz, as the wrestler was awarded a hard-fought unanimous decision in their competitive UFC 131 tilt last month.

Formerly Sengoku’s middleweight champion, Santiago vacated that title and returned to the Octagon in May, falling by knockout to Stann at UFC 130. The Imperial Athletics representative has won 11 of his last 13 contests, notching notable wins over Siyar Bahadurzada, Kazuo Misaki and Mamed Khalidov since his first run with the UFC ended in 2006. The 30-year-old holds 21 of his 23 victories by either knockout or submission and has never been submitted as a pro.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 26 views

Demian Maia will return to the Octagon next month.
Maia will square off against Mike Pyle in a welterweight contest at UFC Fight Night 49 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Aug. 23, according to UFC officials Tuesday night.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist has won three of his past five fights, including a unanimous decision win over Alexander Yakovlev at TUF: Brazil 3 on May 31.
Pyle has won four of his past five fights, including a third-round TKO of T.J. Waldburger at UFC 170 on Feb. 22.
more

  • 28 days ago
  • 36 views

A pair of intriguing matchups has been added to August’s UFC Fight Night 49 events, as Demian Maia faces Mike Pyle, and Thales Leites meets Francis Carmont.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • a day ago
  • 10 views

A pair of big winners from this past weekend’s UFC on FOX 12 card have been booked to face each other in September.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more

  • 23 hours ago
  • 1 views

Bobby Green and Jorge Masvidal are wasting no time after both were successful at Saturday’s UFC on FOX 12 in San Jose, Calif. They’ve already agreed to step into the cage with one another. more

  • 28 days ago
  • 24 views

Four longtime veterans with shoot it out in "The Sooner State" in a fight to stay relevant.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is quickly filling up its upcoming UFC Fight Night 49: "Henderson vs. Dos Anjos" mixed martial arts (MMA) fight card, which takes place on Aug. 23, 2014 inside BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Doing work in the welterweight division are a pair of longtime veterans, as former middleweight number one contender Demian Maia tries to stay afloat against Mike "Quicksand" Pyle. more

  • 28 days ago
  • 32 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has added a pair of bouts to its Aug. 23 event in Tulsa, Okla., as Demian Maia will face Mike Pyle in a welterweight clash, while Francis Carmont will square off with Thales Leites at 185 pounds. more

  • 22 days ago
  • 18 views

Reports are in that kickboxing legends Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost will square off for the 6th time in their Hall of Fame careers this October in Japan. Full details here.
Though not confirmed, there's an interesting upcoming kickboxing fight being talked about that is well worth some attention. According to sources, on October 19 in Osaka, Japan, two of the all time legends of the sport will meet once again as Peter Aerts takes on Ernesto Hoost for the WKO Heavyweight championship.
Longtime k more

  • 22 days ago
  • 36 views

At UFC 175, a pair of UFC champions made significant statements with their performances, while heavyweight contender Stefan Struve left fans wondering what might come next in his promising career.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos more

  • 22 days ago
  • 37 views

A fight between Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero -- two surging middleweights in the UFC -- has been booked for UFC 178, which is set to take place in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Review first reported the bout.
Kennedy has won four fights in a row going back to his Strikeforce days, and is 3-0 in the UFC. He is coming off an impressive one-sided decision victory over Michael Bisping at the TUF Nations Finale in April. Kennedy currently sits at No. 6 on the media driven UFC rankings.
The Cuban wrestler R more