Palhares turns down bout; Maia will fight Weidman on FOX

by Ben Fowlkes | source:

Undefeated middleweight Chris Weidman has agreed to step in and face submissions specialist Demian Maia at the UFC on FOX 2 event just eleven days from now, UFC president Dana White announced on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

Maia was previously slated to face Michael Bisping on that same card, but lost his opponent when Bisping was shuffled into a fight with Chael Sonnen, replacing an injured Mark Munoz on the Jan. 28 event in Chicago.

According to White, Weidman accepted the short-notice fight against Maia after it was offered to another Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, Rousimar Palhares, who turned it down.

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Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

1/18/12 3:22 AM by Gnarls Gnarlington

Cant wait for this fight.

Coffin Joe site profile image  

1/18/12 1:51 AM by Coffin Joe

pulsar--i would bet that toquinho turning down the fight has more to do with him not being able to get a visa to enter the US in time than him being afraid of maia.

pulsar site profile image  

1/18/12 1:27 AM by pulsar

It seems the leg lock master wanted nothing to do with Maia on the ground.

Malachy Friedman site profile image  

1/17/12 11:47 PM by Malachy Friedman

MAN PALHARES WOULD HAVE BEEN EPIC I would have called Jacare next

IBeatObesity site profile image  

1/17/12 10:41 PM by IBeatObesity

I was hopin Palhares would step in. But Weidman has looked great. Still excited for this card.

Deputy Porker site profile image  

1/17/12 10:32 PM by Deputy Porker

Damn Paul Harris and Maia would have been a really good matchup but I’m sure this fight won’t disappoint either

minotauro11 site profile image  

1/17/12 10:29 PM by minotauro11

Damn. Maia was going to beat Bisping, IMHO. I have trouble seeing him beating Weidman.

orcus site profile image  

1/17/12 10:22 PM by orcus

 Great matchup, Weidman has been impressive.

Brian Littlefield site profile image  

1/17/12 9:58 PM by Brian Littlefield

 Should make for an awesome kickboxing match. As usual. 

mrgoodarmbar site profile image  

1/17/12 9:40 PM by mrgoodarmbar of both guys. Hate to see one lose, but I guess one is going to win.