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Demian Maia Dropping To Welterweight

This time last year, the UFC’s welterweight division was looking pretty stale.

Georges St-Pierre’s methodical dominance was growing old and the weight class was running thin on contenders that hadn’t already fought GSP once and lost. In the present, the weight class has become one of the promotion’s most interesting.

Exciting fighters like Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz, Johny Hendricks and Jake Ellenberger have forged their way to the front of the pack, with intriguing prospects like Erick Silva, Stephen Thompson, and Rory MacDonald working their way up the ladder.

It was revealed today that the division will see the inclusion of another top competitor, as Demian Maia announced he’ll be following Yoshihiro Akiyama’s lead by cutting to 170lbs in hopes of breathing some life into his career.

Guys, now I ll moving down to 170 pounds. Next fight I ll be a welterwheight @ufc

15-4 as a pro, the 34-year-old Brazilian grappling ace and former middleweight title challenger was soundly beaten by Chris Weidman in his last appearance, which came at UFC on FOX 2 in January.