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Report: Maia To Get Next Title Shot, Possibly in August

Demian Maia

Demian Maia

Demian Maia, widely regarded as one the best jiu jitsu fighters in the world, will challenge the winner of April’s middleweight championship matchup between current title-holder Anderson Silva and challenger Thales Leites later this year, likely at UFC 102 on August 29th in Portland, Oregon.

Our friends at Cage Potato first reported the news on Saturday, citing sources close to the middleweight contender.

After a 5-0 start to his career, Maia (10-0) has won five-straight bouts in the UFC, submitting all five of his opponents and earning “Submission of the Night” honors in all but one of the fights. After wins over Ryan Jensen, Ed Herman, Jason MacDonald, and Nate Quarry, Maia most-recently submitted former WEC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen with a slick triangle from mount in the opening round of their contest at UFC 95 in February.

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