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MacDonald signs to fight Maia at UFC 87

l_ff55c60e731ef58d5fa40a4ead8d817f.jpg In his most recent column for the web site Sportsnet.ca, UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald announced that he’s signed a bout agreement to face up and coming superstar Demian Maia.

The bout will take place on August 9 in Minneapolis, MN at the Target Center. The event will be headlined by a UFC welterweight title defense by Georges St. Pierre against number contender Jon Fitch. Bouts between Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring and Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta are planned as well.

In his column, MacDonald acknowledges Maia’s renowned reputation as a world class grappler but that he believes it’s still a good matchup for him.

“He’s a very high-level jiu-jitsu fighter, a five-time champion in fact,” MacDonald wrote in his column. “I’ve got a lot of respect for what he’s done in the jiu-jitsu world.

“But I think we’ve seen time and time again that good mixed martial artists have been able to defeat high-level jiu-jitsu guys. Take even the other night in London, where Kevin Burns, in his first UFC fight, was able to get a triangle choke on Roan Carneiro, who is a high-level black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

“Maia is not like B.J. Penn who is great in jiu-jitsu but also dominant in all other facets. He is still fairly new to the MMA side of things so I’m hoping to go out there and put on a strong mixed martial arts fight and do much like what Nate Marquardt did to Dean Lister.”

7 COMMENTS
  • seth b says:

    Pretty good card, I am looking forward to this one. Let’s hope that it is able to avoid all the unfortunate circumstances that effected UFC 85.

  • orlando says:

    Macdonald is going to get mcsmacked…….maia is the best fighter in his division….obviously after Silva.

  • BustYoFace says:

    http://www.f4wonline.com/content/view/5710/105/

    BIG ANOUNCMENT LEAK. EMPLOYEES WILL BE NOTIFIED IN TEN MINUTES.

    The Ferttitas are moving jobs around to better focus on the UFC…

  • DougDrex says:

    “He is still fairly new to the MMA side of things so I’m hoping to go out there and put on a strong mixed martial arts fight and do much like what Nate Marquardt did to Dean Lister.”

    Is he going to kick Maia while he’s on the ground, then spike him on his head???

  • Patrick says:

    #2, Maia is very talented… in BJJ. The other facets of his game are questionable. He’s awesome and has been fun to watch, but I wouldn’t say he’s anywhere near the second best fighter in his division.

  • ShiTSoN says:

    Agree w/ Patrick. Throw Maia in w/ Henderson and see if you still think he’s the second best in the division. In fact there are plenty of middle-weights I bet the farm on over Maia.

    #4- You realize Marquardt pulled that pile-driver out on Thales Leites, not Dean Lister. The Marquardt/Lister fight was a while ago, and a good watch… look it up.

  • DPK says:

    McDonald/Leben = gatekeeper for the MW division

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