A highly decorated grappler, undefeated Demian Maia (9-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) most recently choked out Nate Quarry in the first round of their meeting at UFC 91 this past November. Prior to that, Maia took out Ryan Jensesn, Ed Herman and Jason MacDonald, all via submission. Maia has already racked up three “submission of the night” honors out of his four UFC bouts.
A veteran of Pancrase, the UFC and BodogFight, Chael Sonnen (21-9 MMA, 1-2 UFC) returns to the UFC after competing in their sister promotion, the WEC, for his past three bouts. Known for his strong wrestling acumen, Sonnen last fought and defeated WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho via unanimous decision. The bout was supposed to be for the WEC middleweight title, however opponent Paulo Filho notably failed to make weight forcing a non-title match.
Sonnen also holds victories over Jason Miller, Jason Lambert, Amar Suloev, Trevor Prangley and Tim Credeur.