Submission-savvy Mixed Martial Artist Demian Maia recently revealed he was dropping down from his longtime home at 185 pounds to compete as a welterweight. While the move is still a go, it appears Maia hasn’t received any favors in terms of his first opponent in the division, facing 15-1 Dong Hyun Kim this July 7 at UFC 148 in Las Vegas.
The bout and date have both been confirmed by UFC officials.
Maia’s last fight at middleweight came in late January when he was outpointed by Chris Weidman, the Brazilian’s second loss in three outings. He holds an overall record of 15-4 including impressive wins against Kendall Grove, Jorge Santiago, Dan Miller, and Chael Sonnen.
In Kim the BJJ blackbelt will be facing a well-rounded competitors whose only career stumble came against welterweight interim champion Carlos Condit. He has won six times inside the Octagon, notching success against the likes of Matt Brown, Amir Sadollah, Nate Diaz, and most recently Sean Pierson. The vast majority of Kim’s stoppages have involved strikes, making his match-up with Maia even more interesting considering the difference in core discipline.
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MMATraining Take: Talk about a tough draw for a 34-year old cutting fifteen pounds off his regular weight for the first time ever! Kim is no joke and could easily beat Maia, possibly even ending the Brazilian’s UFC run or at least putting it in major jeopardy by doing so.