In his most recent column for the web site Sportsnet.ca, UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald announced that he’s signed a bout agreement to face up and coming superstar Demian Maia.
The bout will take place on August 9 in Minneapolis, MN at the Target Center. The event will be headlined by a UFC welterweight title defense by Georges St. Pierre against number contender Jon Fitch. Bouts between Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring and Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta are planned as well.
In his column, MacDonald acknowledges Maia’s renowned reputation as a world class grappler but that he believes it’s still a good matchup for him.
“He’s a very high-level jiu-jitsu fighter, a five-time champion in fact,” MacDonald wrote in his column. “I’ve got a lot of respect for what he’s done in the jiu-jitsu world.
“But I think we’ve seen time and time again that good mixed martial artists have been able to defeat high-level jiu-jitsu guys. Take even the other night in London, where Kevin Burns, in his first UFC fight, was able to get a triangle choke on Roan Carneiro, who is a high-level black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
“Maia is not like B.J. Penn who is great in jiu-jitsu but also dominant in all other facets. He is still fairly new to the MMA side of things so I’m hoping to go out there and put on a strong mixed martial arts fight and do much like what Nate Marquardt did to Dean Lister.”