UFC middleweight fighter Demian Maia will be taking on English MMA standout Michael “The Count” Bisping later this month at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis in a bout that will launch the winner much closer to title contention.
Maia, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist who continues to make strides in the other aspects of his game, is coming off of an October victory over Jorge Santiago which he scored by unanimous decision to rebound from his own June decision loss to Mark Muñoz.
Looking to reestablish himself at the top of the middleweight division, Maia is excited to face an opponent of Bisping’s caliber, seeing The Count as a dangerous and underrated player at 185lbs.
“I think Bisping is a great fighter and a very tough opponent,” Maia recently told Your MMA. “His record speaks for itself, he’s only lost three times and one of those was in a different weight class, and he has fought a lot of hard opponents. I think he is underrated in many senses and it’s a great test for myself.”
Maia and Bisping will meet on the main card of the UFC’s second appearance on Fox, joining fellow middleweights Chael Sonnen and Mark Muñoz in support of the light heavyweight contendership bout between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis.
UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on January 28.