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 Erik Koch.
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.view original article >>
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