Dana White Says The Winner Of Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields In "Good Position" For Welterweight Division
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.01.2013
Does that mean a title shot?
MMA Junkie that the winner of next Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 29 main event between Demian Maia (18-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) and Jake Shields (28-6-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will be in a "good position" for the welterweight division, according to president Dana White.
During a press conference in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, he said: "It's a big fight. It's a fun fight, too. These guys are stylistically matched up very well."
Maia's last main event was when he fought Anderson Silva for the middleweight title in April 2010. Shields' last main event was over two years ago when he lost to Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 25. Their five-round fight takes place at the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil. It airs live on FOX Sports 1 with preliminary fights on Facebook.
No clear #1 contender has been established for the welterweight title, so Maia or Shields stand to move up in the rankings with a strong performance. The winner could get a shot at the winner of Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. Maia is currently undefeated in the welterweight division, which he joined in mid-2012. Shields has won his past three fights although he has changed weight classes before settling on welterweight earlier this year.
White didn't want to say that the winner would get a title shot, but he said that the winner would be more likely to get bigger fights in the future. He added: "It's an interesting fight. The guy who wins this fight is in a good position in that weight division."