Maia vs. Koscheck expected for August at UFC 163

by Ariel Helwani |
 

Demian Maia is a perfect three for three since dropping down to the welterweight division, including his latest a dominating win over Jon Fitch. Generally the UFC tends to match fighters coming off wins with other fighters coming off wins, but not so the case for Maia who is expected to face veteran Josh Koscheck.  The former TUF alumin is coming off a two bout skid and may be matched up with Maia to test the Brazilian against another former one contender and recognizable star:

A welterweight fight is about to be added to UFC 163.

Demian Maia vs. Josh Koschech is slated to take place on the Aug. 3 card, MMAFighting.com confirmed with sources close to the fight after Brazilian Web site News MMA first reported it earlier this week. The UFC has yet to officially announced the 170-pound fight.

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ViciousCesar site profile image  

5/2/13 8:26 PM by ViciousCesar

Hmm, well the match up surely doesn't make sense. But if it's going to happen anyways...Bye, bye, Kos. I won't be missing you.

MMA Lives Here site profile image  

5/2/13 12:39 PM by MMA Lives Here

Weird match-up

joe canada site profile image  

5/2/13 12:35 PM by joe canada

I like this fight, am I the only one?Fair enough, as far as rakings and building up credible threats to GSP's title, I can see the critique, but as a pure fight? I'll watch it.on the other hand, IMHO, there are only two people at 170 who presently represent a credible threat to GSP in the octagon:Hendricks, because of his KO power and willingness to wade in to deliver it.Maia, because of not only his level of BJJ (for MMA), but also his style of BJJ.The rest aren't as nearly as dangerous as finishers, and I have a hard time believing there's anyone who can take 3 of five against GSP in the foreseeable future.Hendricks is fighting GSP next. Maia fights Kos. When GSP beats Hendricks (stiff jabs to stop his forward rushes, and takedowns to negate the bomb altogether), Maia will be well positioned on a 4 fight win streak to pose a threat and sell some tickets.If Maia can't get past Kos, it proves he never had a shot in hell vs GSP, who is head and shoulders above Kos in every possible way inside the octagon.

Tomato Can site profile image  

5/1/13 1:45 PM by Tomato Can

Maia is 35 years old. He needs a #1 contender fight ASAP. I know he looks rejuvenated at WW but he's at the age when guys start falling off pretty quickly. I would have preferred Maia/Ellenberger, personally.

JStrongMMA site profile image  

5/1/13 1:36 PM by JStrongMMA

Kos is actually coming off two straight losses whereas Maia has won three straight. This fight doesn't make sense but I think Maia needs one more win before he takes on a guy like Condit who has a serious stand up game.

ShawnTheBadger site profile image  

5/1/13 1:10 PM by ShawnTheBadger

Yessir. Now that Maia is competing in the correct weight-class, and as you stated back to (primarily) grappling, I love watching him fight.    

bhealthy site profile image  

5/1/13 1:05 PM by bhealthy

motivated kos keeps it interesting, but i think focused maia will win.

Tomato Can site profile image  

5/1/13 12:57 PM by Tomato Can

Kind of surprised at this matchup. With Koscheck coming off a loss it feels like a step down for Maia. I was expecting something like Maia/Condit.

rudj site profile image  

5/1/13 12:54 PM by rudj

same if Maia wins. Good Fight!

hogh20 site profile image  

5/1/13 12:51 PM by hogh20

The man with the best sub defense in Ufc history is a bad defensive wrestler?