UFC President Dana White says a lot is at stake in next week’s welterweight match-up between Demian Maia and Jake Shields.
“It’s a big fight,” White said at a recent press conference in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s a fun fight, too. These guys are stylistically matched up very well.
“It’s an interesting fight. The guy who wins this fight is in a good position in that weight division.”
Does this mean that the winner of this fight could be lining up for a title shot? Demian Maia is currently ranked at No.4 in the division, so that idea certainly isn’t out of the question.
Maia is currently 12-4 in the UFC and 18-4 overall. He’ll be coming into this fight off of a trio of wins against Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story, Jon Fitch. He is currently undefeated in the welterweight division.
Shields is likewise undefeated in his last three, although that includes a no-contest against Ed Herman at UFC 150. While he is not currently ranked in the welterweight division’s top 10, he is likely just outside of it, although a loss to current champ Georges St-Pierre in 2011 makes an imminent title shot unlikely.
The two are set to meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 29 on Oct. 9 in Brazil.
Check out the rest of the card below.
UFC Fight Night 29
Oct. 9, 2013
Jose Correa Gymnasium
Barueri, São Paulo, Brazil
Demian Maia (18-4) vs. Jake Shields (28-6-1, 1 NC)
Erick Silva (15-3, 1 NC) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (17-2-1, 1 NC)
Thiago Silva (15-3, 2 NC) vs. Matt Hamill (10-4)
Fabio Maldonado (19-6) vs. Joey Beltran (14-8, 1 NC)
Raphael Assunção (20-4) vs. TJ Dillashaw (8-1)
Rousimar Palhares (14-5) vs. Mike Pierce (17-5)
Hacran Dias (21-2-1) vs. Rodrigo Damm (11-6)
Ildemar Alcantara (19-5) vs. Igor Araujo (23-6)
Yan Cabral (10-0) vs. David Mitchell (12-3)
Preliminary Card on Facebook:
Iliarde Santos (27-8-1, 1 NC) vs. Chris Cariaso (14-5)
Alan Patrick (10-0) vs. Garett Whiteley (5-0)