The Brazilian magazine Tatame is reporting that jiu jitsu standout and undefeated MMA fighter Demian Maia will be returning to the UFC at UFC 91 on Nov. 15 in an undercard bout against Nate Quarry, one of the contestants from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter reality television show.
“I didn’t study his fights yet, I’ll receive a DVD with his fights, but I only watch my opponents’ fights when the fight gets closer. I’m training a lot my stand up game like for the last fight, but every time I can I do some BJJ trainings,” Maia told Tatame.
Maia is 3-0 in the UFC and 8-0 overall, recording wins over the likes of Ryan Jensen, Ed Herman, and most recently Jason MacDonald at UFC 87 in August. Maia is considered one of the best pure jiu jitsu fighters in all of MMA and all of his victories in the UFC have come by way of submission.
Nate Quarry, a former contestant on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, made his return to the Octagon last September. Quarry hadn’t fought since a 2005 loss to Rich Franklin due to a back injury and returned after successful back surgery to defeat Pete Sell at UFC Fight Night 11. Since returning to the UFC he is 2-0 with victories over Sell and Kalib Starnes.
UFC 91 is headlined by a heavyweight title bout between current UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture and former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar. The card also includes a rumored light heavyweight clash between Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva as well as a lightweight matchup pitting Kenny Florian against Joe Stevenson.