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Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia Added to ‘UFC on FOX 2′

And so, the speculation comes to an end. Following his beatdown of Jason Miller at the TUF 14 Finale, UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping will make a quick seven-week turnaround and fight Demian Maia at UFC on FOX 2 (January 28th, Chicago). The UFC confirmed the pairing early this morning, in advance of a scheduled press conference this afternoon at the United Center officially announcing the fight card.

While Bisping is rolling on a four-fight win streak, Maia just got back to the win column in October with a unanimous decision over Jorge Santiago, which followed a decision loss to Mark Munoz. Maia is 3-1 overall since his disastrous title challenge against Anderson Silva at UFC 112. When he enters the cage next month, it will have been nearly three years since the former grappling phenom scored a submission in the Octagon — a triangle choke against none other than Chael Sonnen at UFC 95.

UFC on FOX 2 will be headlined by the #1 light-heavyweight contender’s match between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis, and co-headlined by the #1 middleweight contender’s match between Sonnen and Mark Munoz. A decisive win over Maia would likely put Bisping next in the pecking order at 185. Due to his current medical suspension, Bisping really isn’t supposed to start training again until Christmas day, but hey, business is business.

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johnhayte- December 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm
Maia-Bisping will be a close fight but I think it is tough matchup for Maia. He has not subbed anyone for awhile and getting Bisping to the ground enough times to win the fight could be a tall order. Bisping by split decision, Sonnen, and Evans by UD.
Amjur- December 7, 2011 at 10:51 am
Totally agree with Get Off Me and Tooth. Bisping's going to have his hands full with Maia. Everyone hyping Bispings "four fight win streak" needs to go back and look at who he actually fought: Miller (I think we all saw what kind of competition he was), Rivera (40 years old and an illegal knee to the head), Akiyama (1-3 in the UFC and now dropping to welterweight), and Dan Miller (yawn. Maia's losses have come against top-level talent.

If Mayhem can take Bisping down, I'm willing to bet Maia can as well - and Maia's got the skills to finish him there (or at least keep him there).
Get Off Me- December 7, 2011 at 10:39 am
Not sure why people would be backing Bisping in this fight.
Not sure why people think Maia is anything like Miller.
Maia has fought way tougher competition than Bisping, has taken down and submitted the best MW wrestler, got screwed against another top MW wrestler in Munoz and got caught with a big shot(something Bisping does not have) against Marquardt when his stand up was far less evolved than it is now.
Not saying Maia has incredible stand up, but it has improved where Bisping remains strong in the technical department on his feet without much KO power at all.
It works out for Maia more times than Bisping on paper, Maia will be the betting favorite in this fight for sure.
Bandito- December 7, 2011 at 10:22 am
Damn it... wrong thread!
Bandito- December 7, 2011 at 10:17 am
Dana White today tweeted...

"GSP blown acl will be out for 10 mos.," White tweeted. "Now Condit vs Diaz for the interim welterweight title on Feb 4th in Las Vegas!!"
Fried Taco- December 7, 2011 at 10:00 am
@HandsOfGold - agree, Bisping would get destroyed by Chael. Chael would pressure him and get him down for the gnp, but Maia is not going to get him to the ground and be able to work his jiu-jitsu. So we will have to suffer yet another Bisping victory.
TeilaTuliTooth- December 7, 2011 at 9:03 am
Hmmm. ^ Are you sure the match-ups are so great? Individually, sure. But taken together, in the same card, all 3 fights have a strong potential to turn into less than engaging wrestle-fests. Lets hope there are some good finishes .
Deal_the_Seal- December 7, 2011 at 8:50 am
Great match ups, great card!!
TeilaTuliTooth- December 7, 2011 at 8:46 am
Have you been paying attention to Maia's fights? He took down everyone he wanted except Muñoz and Anderson. His stand-up is not as good but that's all.
Bisping will get owned, plain and simple. Maia is way above his level in terms of technique strength and athleticism. He is finally fighting a proper world class dude and he will get shown up badly.
Then he'll complain he didn't have time to prepare. The loss is ok with him though, he doesn't want to fight Silva anyway. Back to crushing cans Michael.
humperdinkal- December 7, 2011 at 8:28 am
Something seems to be not right with A. Belcher.
IMO, he deserves the fight versus Bisping.
Mia, while defeating fighters who have been able to climb up the ladder, has also lost to guys who aren't even in the UFC anymore(Nate M) That being said, Belcher, would be a great fight vs. Bisping. Two standup guys, both good cardio. Only difference is Belcher would chop Bispings little chicken ass legs until he couldn't stand.
I hope Belcher is ok. Good guy, deserves to be fighting top notch contenders.
HandsofGold- December 7, 2011 at 8:26 am
@Fried Taco

I believe this is also why he is cool with fighting Maia, I know for a fact he would not want to fight Chael what do you think?
edhedicus- December 7, 2011 at 8:23 am
Bispings boxing is way too advanced for Maia, and his takedown defense is just good enough to keep it standing. Bisping, tko 3rd round.
Fried Taco- December 7, 2011 at 7:52 am
Sadly, Maia thinks he has good stand-up of late, and therefore will suffer the same fate as Miller. Plus I don't think his takedowns are very good, either.
HandsofGold- December 7, 2011 at 7:35 am

They are paying Bisping a lot of money to take these other fights. He made 425,000 to fight Miller, im sure he is contracted to make a lot against Maia. Otherwise i don't think he would have taken this fight with only a month to train (for Maia) and the fact that Maia really isn't on a streak. Bisping is smart for the money. But I know Bisping would be handled by either Munoz or Sonnen. Im sure he does too so why not fight these other kind of oponents for the same amount of money.
SnackDaddy- December 7, 2011 at 7:21 am
Its unlikely that a win in this fight will get Bisping a title shot. He'll probably have to fight again, probably at the same time as the winner of the Munoz / Sonnen match is fighting Silva. Poor sod, really.
Dagnut- December 7, 2011 at 7:08 am
bigashs2 Says:
Wed, 12/07/11 - 07:02

Is it wrong that I’m hoping for another GSP/Diaz/Penn/Condit fuckery so that there’s a chance Sonnen will face Bisping? Let Munoz and Maia fight each other… If Bisping can completely side-step a direct question about Silva, let him face Chael.

I didn't see him side step, he clearly said the first round wasn't good enough to face the champ
bigashs2- December 7, 2011 at 7:02 am
Is it wrong that I'm hoping for another GSP/Diaz/Penn/Condit fuckery so that there's a chance Sonnen will face Bisping? Let Munoz and Maia fight each other... If Bisping can completely side-step a direct question about Silva, let him face Chael.
Dagnut- December 7, 2011 at 6:57 am
@TeilaTuliTooth >> what fans??
TeilaTuliTooth- December 7, 2011 at 6:49 am
Bisping fans, your illusions will finally be shattered. You lad will be dismantled and finally put in his place.
Dagnut- December 7, 2011 at 6:19 am
interesting chasing pack in the MW division the only out stand being Sonnen..I think any of the other top 4 are capable of beating each other. Maia is still a very dangerous opponent. We need shogun to cut out the cakes, get out on the road and drop down to shake things up..he should have no problem making 185..he just needs to leave Brazil and get his shit together
TheWarsawExpress- December 7, 2011 at 6:13 am
I think Maia is a good test of his BJJ skills. I don't really think there are too many people at 185 they could put Bisping up against aside from Munoz, and if Sonnen can't get another shot at Silva just yet these fights make sense.
amsterdamheavy- December 7, 2011 at 6:04 am
Maia is 3-1 since his title shot and (obviously a former #1 contender. This is a test for both of them. Does Bisping have it to move into the Top 5? Can Maia stay in category of "top contenders"?

Personally, I think Bisping should be getting that test against either Sonnen or Munoz, but Im not the matchmaker.
Jugger- December 7, 2011 at 6:04 am
It's virtually Bisping vs. Miller 2. It'll be really weird if Maia starts talking about "spies" in Bisping's camp, and starts repeatedly saying, "I'm having the best training camp of my LIFE!"
TheWarsawExpress- December 7, 2011 at 6:03 am
WHOA! Anderson Silva is totally starting to look Filipino!
Mark86- December 7, 2011 at 5:59 am
you would think that bisping would get a better challenge than maia, no disrespect to maia but bisping is in the win column while maia has not been in recent fights, not really a good platform to be propelled into a title fight after beating maia, but maia can beat bisping tho, if he takes him to the ground its over!!