The July 29 UFC 214 pay-per-view is officially stacked, with the addition of a welterweight title fight.
Already comprising of two title fights, with Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos and replacement opponent Tonya Evinger for the inaugural women’s featherweight crown, along with the epic 205lb. rematch between sworn enemies Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, UFC 214 will also see the best of the 170 pounders go in to battle.
As reported on UFC Tonight, Demian Maia will finally get his well deserved opportunity at championship gold, as he takes on UFC welterweight king Tyron Woodley.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) June 28, 2017
A potential clash between the two has been in the works for months, with Maia consolidating his top contender status via a seven fight win streak, having seen off the likes of Carlos Condit, Gunnar Nelson and Neil Magny along the way. The 39-year-old previously challenged for the middleweight title in 2010, losing to fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva in a lopsided unanimous decision.
As for Woodley, he would likely have faced the jiu-jitsu wizard by now if it weren’t for the spirited display of Stephen Thompson in their first encounter back in November. ‘Wonderboy’ earned a rematch at UFC 209 in March, again losing narrowly on the judges’ scorecards.
The announcement of Woodley’s latest title defence is a far cry from the criticism he endured for being inactive for 18 months in 2015-16, between earning a title shot and challenging then-champion Robbie Lawler. UFC 214 will represent his third title defence in exactly a year.
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) June 28, 2017
To get a real sense of how stacked UFC 214 now is, you can take a look at the bouts already confirmed for the California event in the image below;