MMAjunkie.com Jun 14, 12:59 am EDT
UFC middleweights Jason MacDonald (20-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Demian Maia (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) have signed to meet at UFC 87, an event that takes place at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
MacDonald confirmed the Aug. 9 bout earlier this week in his sportsnet.ca column, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was told from a source close to Maia that the bout had been in the works for the past month.
As for MacDonald, he predicts a victory because âtime and time again â¦ good mixed martial artists have been able to defeat high-level jiu-jitsu guys.â
MacDonald, who most recently scored a second-round TKO victory over Joe Doerksen in April, says he has âa lot of respect for what [Maia has] done in the jiu-jitsu world,â but he said some BJJ stand-outs have difficulty with true mixed martial artists. He specifically used UFC newcomer Kevin Burns, who submitted Roan Carneiro this past weekend at UFC 85, as an example.
Maia, though, has had a fairly smooth transition into MMA since turning pro in 2005. Heâs a perfect 7-0 in the sport, which includes recent UFC submission victories over Ryan Jensen and Ed Herman.
Many fights were recently confirmed for UFC 87, which features a main event between UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and top contender Jon Fitch. Brock Lesnar, Roger Huerta, Karo Parisyan and Hermes Franca are also in action.
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fonte: vision of disorder pvt