While Anderson Silva’s last eleven opponents enjoyed the best training camps of their careers before receiving their beatdowns, Demian Maia willingly accepted the challenge of trying to hand the champ his first loss in over four years on just eight weeks notice.
With Vitor Belfort’s abrupt exit from UFC 112, the organization was left scrambling for a suitable last-minute replacement to face Silva. Although he was just six days removed from his unanimous decision victory over Dan Miller at UFC 109, and the UFC’s debut in Abu Dhabi was just 57 days away, it wasn’t even a question when the offer was extended.
“This is the opportunity I can’t pass up,” Maia told GracieMag.com of fighting Silva during his prime for the title. “It may happen only once in my lifetime. It’s not the ideal amount of time, but at the same time, it’s not bad. I’m coming off a fight and I’m not out of rhythm.”
Maia faces Silva tomorrow inside the Concert Arena in Abu Dhabi.
The live pay-per-view broadcast beginning at 1PM ET/10AM PT. However, a same-day replay will also be made available during the UFC’s customary 10PM ET/7PM PT time slot.