Demian Maia briefly found himself without a fight yesterday after an injury to ‘UFC On FOX 2’ co-main event star Mark Munoz saw his intended opponent Michael Bisping being moved up as his replacement.
The matter has now been resolved however, with Maia staying on the main card to fight late replacement Chris Weidman.
At first glance it appears like a step down for Maia as Bisping is clearly the better known opponent, but it would be wise not to underestimate Weidman who’s marked himself out as one of the fastest rising additions to the middleweight ranks in the past year, winning all three of his UFC bouts in 2011 in decisive fashion.
It’s a tough assignment for the 27 year-old Weidman however, being thrown in on less than two weeks notice to face a BJJ wizard like Maia, but if he can upset the former No.1 contender it would be huge for his career.
Speaking to TATAME earlier today Maia appeared to be philosophical about the sudden switch up in bouts so close to fight night and is just glad to be able to perform on the big stage.
“I am where I’m well trained and I can’t waste it. I would get upset if I would not fight, especially since it’s a FOX fight, which will be huge for me and my name,” Maia said.