The Ultimate Fighting Championships has enlisted Demian Maia to replace the injured Vitor Belfort against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 112.
“It’s always tough when a top fighter like Vitor Belfort has to pull out of a big title fight, but we have found a high quality replacement … Top contender Chael Sonnen was not available due to injuries sustained in his fight with Nate Marquardt, so top six middleweight Demian Maia will step in to fight for the title.”
“Maia is an Abu Dhabi grappling champion, a five-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, and he is 12-1 in MMA and coming off a win over Dan Miller at UFC 109. Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia will be a matchup between MMA’s best striker and MMA’s best grappler.” [Yahoo]
Maia must still get doctor’s clearance from the Nevada State Athletic Commision for a eyelid cut he sustained in against Dan Miller at UFC 109.
UFC 112 takes place on April 10th in Abu Dhabi.