Middleweight contenders Demian Maia and Nate Marquardt will meet at UFC 102 on August 29th in Portland, Oregon with a shot at 185-pound title-holder Anderson Silva likely on the line.
The bout was confirmed on Maia’s website on Wednesday.
Regarded as one of the best jiu-jitsu practitioners in the world, Maia (10-0) has backed up the hype in compiling an unblemished 10-0 professional MMA record, including five-straight submission victories in the UFC over Ryan Jensen, Ed Herman, Jason MacDonald, Nate Quarry, and Chael Sonnen. Maia has received “Submission of the Night” honors in all but one of his fights inside the octagon.
Marquardt (28-8-2) has been defeated just twice in ten bouts inside the octagon. After four-straight victories to start his UFC career, Marquardt challenged Silva for the title but suffered a first-round TKO defeat. He’s since gone 3-1 with victories over Jeremy Horn, Martin Kampmann, and Wilson Gouveia as well as a controversial loss to Thales Leites to again emerge as a top threat at 185-pounds.
UFC 102 is rumored to be headlined by Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and is also expected to include Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva, Junior dos Santos vs. Justin McCully, Chris Leben vs. Jake Rosholt, Chael Sonnen vs. Wilson Gouveia, and Matt Hamill vs. Brandon Vera.