A lot of the talk regarding the welterweight title shot picture is tied to Carlos Condit, Tyron Woodley or even Georges St-Pierre, but Demian Maia is reminding folks he’s in the mix too.
The grappling god is scheduled to fight Matt Brown at UFC 198 on May 14th, following Maia’s UD win over Gunnar Nelson in December. The Brazilian fighter is currently ranked #6 at 170.
“I believe middleweight and welterweight are two of the toughest divisions out there, but it’s too convoluted now,” Maia said. “There’s too many people with a real chance of getting the next shot. But I’m about to reach five wins in a row and eight altogether since I dropped to 170. I’m tied with Anderson Silva with 16 UFC wins, so I don’t have to talk and ask for the belt. I don’t have to act like a clown. I earned this title shot.”
If Maia can defeat Brown, who is a tough out for anyone, then his case for a title shot will indeed be pretty solid. But, if Stephen Thompson can get by Rory MacDonald (which won’t be easy) then “Wonderboy” will almost certainly get a title shot.
The champ Robbie Lawler will likely get booked for something here in the interim pretty soon. It just remains to be seen who it will be. Condit?
UFC 198 will go down in Curitiba, Brazil. In the headliner, heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum will take on Stipe Miocic.