Former UFC middleweight contender Demian Maia has announced he will head to the welterweight division for his next bout inside the Octagon. Maia was defeated in his last fight by Chris Weidman, dropping his record to 15-4 overall including a 3-2 run since facing Anderson Silva for the divisional title in 2010, suffering losses to Weidman and Mark Munoz. His victories have come over Jorge Santiago, Kendall Grove, and Mario Miranda though none in particularly memorable fashion.

Maia confirmed the news himself, writing on Twitter, “Guys, now I’ll moving down to 170 pounds. Next fight I’ll be a welterweight (in the) UFC.

The welterweight division is stacked full with talent, as belts are currently held by both Georges St. Pierre and interim champ Carlos Condit. Other stand-outs include Johny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger, Jake Shields, Josh Koscheck, and Martin Kampmann.


MMATraining Take: Maybe the drop will allow Maia to compete at a higher level, but he will find several worthy challengers in the welterweight division. It remains to be seen if, at 34 years old, Maia can get back into title contention.