Former UFC middleweight number one contender Demian Maia announced that he will be cutting to welterweight for his next fight. Maia announced the move on twitter.
Maia had reportedly mulled the move for awhile, citing that he wanted to enjoy a weight advantage over opponents that he rarely had at middleweight.
Maia has gone 1-2 in his last three and both losses were to bigger and stronger wrestlers. While the move will let Maia fight smaller guys, it certainly will not allow him to avoid fighting wrestlers in the wrestling heavy division.
Maia does not currently have a fight set up but an announcement could come soon.