UFC Officials have announced the addition of an exciting welterweight bout to February’s UFC 170 event.
Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia have both agreed to fight.
For the first time since his 2010 defeat to Carlos Condit, MacDonald is coming off of a loss. After a highly competitive 3 rounds with Robbie Lawler, the Canadian’s 4-fight win streak was snapped by a split decision. The Tristar gym standout has been surrounded with much hype as of late, but with his most recent loss, it appears as though a slower, more progressive pace would better suite his ascent to the top of the division. After all, being only 24 years old, the welterweight phenom has plenty of time.
Maia is also coming off of a loss, and much like MacDonald’s, it was a highly competitive fight that ended in a split decision. The Brazilian was last seen in the cage against Jake Shields, in a clash of arguably the two most skilled and decorated jiu-jitsu specialists of the welterweight division. After a technical, grapple-heavy 5 round affair, Shields took the win with a very close decision, and thus giving Maia his first loss at welterweight in the process.
UFC 170 will take place on February 22, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.