Welterweights Jon Fitch, Demian Maia Added to UFC 156 on Feb. 2 in Las Vegas
Welterweight contenders Jon Fitch
will square off at UFC
, promotion officials announced Thursday.
UFC 156 takes place on Feb. 2 and serves as the promotion’s annual
Super Bowl weekend card. The evening’s main draw airs live on
pay-per-view and will see Jose Aldo
defend his featherweight title against former lightweight king
Edgar in the main event. The show also features a heavyweight
collision between former Strikeforce champion Alistair
Overeem and onetime EliteXC boss Antonio
Long regarded as one of the sport’s premier welterweights, Fitch,
34, has won six of his last eight. In his most recent appearance,
the American Kickboxing Academy standout rebounded from a December
2011 knockout loss to Johny
Hendricks by outlasting rising talent Erick Silva
at UFC 153 last month. A former welterweight title contender, Fitch
owns notable Octagon wins over Mike Pierce,
Saunders and Thiago Alves
Known for his elite submission game, Maia dropped to 170 pounds
this summer after competing 13 times as a UFC middleweight. The
decorated grappler made a successful welterweight debut this past
July, injuring Dong Hyun
Kim during a takedown to earn a 47-second technical knockout
victory at UFC 148. Most recently, Maia competed against
well-rounded southpaw Rick Story
one month ago at UFC 153, taking the American’s back early en route
to finishing the fight with a neck crank midway through round
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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.
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