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Demian Maia Moves to UFC 118, Meets Mario Miranda on August 28 in Boston

Demian MaiaMiddleweight contender Demaian Maia has been moved up from September’s UFC Fight Night 22 and will meet 185-pound prospect Mario Miranda on the main card of UFC 118 on August 28 in Boston, MMAjunkie reports.

Maia was scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night 22 until a detached retina forced rising middleweight Alan Belcher out of the main event over the weekend. A UFC 118 bout between middleweights Nate Marquardt and Rousimar Palhares was then shifted to the headlining slot.

Maia (12-2) replaced an injured Vitor Belfort and dropped a unanimous decision to middleweight champ Anderson Silva in his most-recent fight in April, a bout most-remembered for Silva’s antics than Maia’s inability to engage the champ. The jiu jistu ace previously won 12 of 13, including 6 of 7 in the UFC over the likes of Chael Sonnen and Dan Miller.

Miranda (12-1) suffered a first-round TKO to Gerald Harris in his UFC debut in March for his first career loss, but rebounded in June with a second-round TKO of veteran David Loiseau at UFC 115.

The UFC 118 fight card is headlined by a rematch between lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn and also features Randy Couture vs. James Toney and Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard.

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