Demian Maia is having a tough time at the moment as it was revealed on the latest edition of the UFC Tonight show that he’s suffering from a serious bone infection known as ‘osteomyelitis.’

At first Maia just had a bone bruise in his shoulder which forced him out of his scheduled fight with Mike Pyle at UFC Fight Night 49 last weekend, but it then developed into a staph infection.

His condition deteriorated further though, and led to a stay in hospital where he was diagnosed with a bone infection of his right clavicle. As such he now needs to spend six weeks receiving antibiotics via an IV and following that he’ll need to take a further batch of antibiotics earlier.

If there’s some good news in all this it’s that Maia is now back home in Brazil, though he still requires nurses to visit him twice a day.

At this stage it’s too early to say when Maia may return to fighting, but doctors should have a better idea of how long he’ll be sidelined for in five weeks time once his treatment has had a chance to work.

A former UFC middleweight title challenger, the 36 year-old BJJ ace has been plying his trade in the welterweight division for the past couple of years, compiling a 4-2 record along the way which has left him placed at No.7 in the 170lb rankings.

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