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Demian Maia challenges Anderson Silva in UFC 112: Invincible for the UFC Middleweight Championship Title

The Spider will be in action again.

For the first time in history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, MMA athletes will slug it out in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, on April 10 as UFC 112: Invincible features middleweight title holder Anderson ”The Spider” Silva facing off against Demian Maia.

Middleweight champion Anderson Silva is 25-4 with 19 wins by TKO. He is a striker and has a dangerous jiu jitsu game. He is arguably the best fighter on the planet and has the resume to prove it. Silva is a perfect 10-0 in the UFC, including a successful title defense over Thales Leites last April before again moving up to 205 pounds to beat Forrest Griffin in August.

His opponent, Demian Maia, replaced an injured Vitor Belfort to get a shot at Silva. Maia (12-1) returned to action back in UFC 109, rebounding from his first career loss, a 21-second knockout to Nate Marquardt in August, with a unanimous decision over Dan Miller, which improved his UFC record to 6-1, including a previous victory over top 185-pound contender Chael Sonnen.

A left eyelid cut prompted the Nevada State Athletic Commission to medically suspended Maia until August, but he was not suspended from training and will apparently be healed and cleared to fight Silva this Saturday.

”It’s always tough when a top fighter like Vitor Belfort has to pull out of a big title fight, but we have found a high quality replacement,” said UFC President Dana White in a press release.

Top contender Chael Sonnen was not available due to injuries sustained in his fight with Nate Marquardt, so Demian Maia stepped in to fight for the title. Maia is an Abu Dhabi grappling champion and a five-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion. He is 12-1 in MMA and is coming off a win over Dan Miller in UFC 109.

The Anderson Silva – Demian Maia fight will be a matchup between MMA’s best striker and MMA’s best grappler.

And for those of you already taking Silva to win this one, you have quite a few things to consider first. One thing Silva has to be concerned about is rust. He hasn’t fought since August of last year and it was at 205 lbs., meaning he hasn’t had to make 185 lbs. in a year. Second is motivation. Obviously he is a supremely talented fighter both technically and athletically. But since he has been plowing down on everybody, you have to wonder what else can motivate this guy since he has been dominating the UFC easy ever since he got there.

Expect Silva to take the fight to Maia early. If Maia can take Silva down, then he’ll have a shot at shocking the world. Still, I wouldn’t bet on it.

Can Anderson Silva beat Demian Maia to retain the UFC middleweight title? Bodog sportsbook has the odds.

Anderson Silva 1.11

Demian Maia 6.75

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