From the headliner of a UFC Fight Night event on Spike TV to a supporting cast role at UFC 118, decorated submission grappler Demian Maia will be returning to action when he faces off with fellow Brazilian Mario Miranda in a middleweight clash.
Maia had previously been slated to square off with Alan Belcher in the main event of UFC Fight Night 22 before a detached retina forced Belcher to the sidelines. The Maia vs. Belcher bout has been replaced by a main event of Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares for the September Fight Night card.
News of the bout between Maia and Miranda being expected for the UFC 118 main-card comes from a recent report at MMAJunkie.com.
UFC 118 is set to take place on August 28 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Maia will be looking to rebound from a UFC 112 title defeat at the hands of Anderson Silva, while Miranda recently bounced back from a TKO defeat to Gerald Harris in his UFC debut to TKO David Loiseau in his latest outing.