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Demian Maia vs. Mario Miranda headed to UFC 118

From the headliner of a UFC Fight Night event on Spike TV to a supporting cast role at UFC 118, decorated submission grappler Demian Maia will be returning to action when he faces off with fellow Brazilian Mario Miranda in a middleweight clash.

Maia had previously been slated to square off with Alan Belcher in the main event of UFC Fight Night 22 before a detached retina forced Belcher to the sidelines. The Maia vs. Belcher bout has been replaced by a main event of Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares for the September Fight Night card.

News of the bout between Maia and Miranda being expected for the UFC 118 main-card comes from a recent report at

UFC 118 is set to take place on August 28 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Maia will be looking to rebound from a UFC 112 title defeat at the hands of Anderson Silva, while Miranda recently bounced back from a TKO defeat to Gerald Harris in his UFC debut to TKO David Loiseau in his latest outing.

  • Guthookd says:

    WTF? From Belcher to a basically unknown fighter?

    Chock this up as a first round submission for Maia and just schedule his next fight already.

  • stone says:

    Yep that’s right Guthookd… Maia got let off easy, to say the least! Maybe he would’ve submitted Belcher but “The Talent” would’ve put him through the fire first…


    Demian Maia versus Mario Miranda should actually be a good fight-I know they aren’t big names but it should be very competitive

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Miranda is going to win.
    If you are facing Maia all you have to do is stay on your feet and unless you are Dan Miller you have won. Maia is a one trick pony of the highest order.But having said that, I will say that his bjj is awesome and if he is able to secure a take down early in the rds he should win.

  • Guthookd says:

    “If you are facing Maia all you have to do is stay on your feet and unless you are Dan Miller you have won”,/b>

    That logic seems a little flawed to me bro. If you take a look at their records, which I just did (in an attempt to discredit your comment there), they are nearly the same in terms of win/loss, but the quality of opponents is drastically different. Maia has fought some really good fighters recently but Miranda has fought mostly unknown guys, save one or two.

    I don’t think it’s fair to say that keeping it on the feet against Maia is enough for the win just because of what A. Silva did to him. If that were the case he would have at least a couple more losses (Quarry would surely have got the win).

  • Guthookd says:

    Dan would have got the win too.

  • Lethal Liquid says:

    He’s correct if Miranda is a striker and can keep it on the feet than Maia has real problems. Remember what Marquardt did to him also.

  • MCM says:

    I won’t say Miranda has NO chance to win this, but it seams to be “gimme” fight for Maia. If they really wanted to give Damian a fight, they should have given him one of Miranda’s last opponents Gerald Harris.

  • boomnutz says:

    i’m not trying to claim anything, but this guy Miranda has a lot of hype behind him, he’s obviously rangy if he’s 6’3″ so maybe he pulls the upset…i have to agree though, huge step down, going from Belcher to Miranda…

    Regardless of what happens i hope we see Maia take some strides with his striking and/or strength and conditioning. People are going to have to start to realize that technique alone isn’t enough against top guys, the top guys are usually technically sound and MONSTERS! ie GSP, Alves, Fitch, Brock, J. Jones, etc. etc.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Come on Gut. Maia has terrible striking. Miranda has 6 victories via striking. You have to agree that if 99% of all top … 30 fighters managed to keep it on the feet against Maia they will probably win.


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