With Munoz injured and Bisping taking the call to face Chael Sonnen on short notice, Demian Maia, who was originally scheduled to face “The Count” on the same evening was left without an opponent.
Upon hearing the news Maia stated, “Unfortunately my fight versus Bisping is not gonna happen. I am very sad cause it would be a very important fight for me.”
UFC officials have at this point in time booked a replacement opponent for Maia and it comes in the form of the undefeated Chris Weidman.
In the main event, Phil Davis will square off with Rashad Evans for the number one contender seat in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division ruled over by Jon Jones. The co-feature of the evening is a middleweight number one contender bout between Michael Bisping and Chael Sonnen.
Weidman is a Matt Serra trained fighter who made his UFC debut at UFC on Versus 3 as a late replacement against Alessio Sakara. After beating Sakara he went on to submit Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131 and earned “Submission of the Night” in the process. The two-time D1 All-American Wrestler is one of the hottest prospects currently fighting in the UFC’s middleweight division. He last saw action at UFC 139 submitting Tom Lawlor in the very first frame of action.
Maia last saw the inside of the Octagon in his UFC 136 victory over Jorge Santiago. The Santiago victory bounced him back from his prior defeat at the hands of Mark Munoz. The former number one contender has notched three wins in his last four bouts.