While injuries plagued the 2012 fight year for the UFC, it’s making for an exciting intro to 2013. UFC 156 already includes four fights containing top ten fighters in each one, and the pay-per-views just added another one. Two former title challengers are set to fight when former middleweight and jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia takes on the perennial number two welterweight in Jon Fitch. UFC 156 takes place on February 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card is headlined by a featherweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and the featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Maia is a former middleweight title challenger that dropped to welterweight after suffering losses and never making it back to top contender. That spurred him to drop down a weight class where he has so far been flawless. Vowing to get back to his grappling roots, Maia has finished both of his most recent fights on the ground. An injury sustiained by Dong Hyun Kim from a take down forced an end to his first 170 bout. Maia’s second fight proved to show that the weight cut was a good move. He became the first man to submit Rick Story, and he did so in one round.
Jon Fitch proved in his last fight that he has some great submission defense when he took out rising star Erick Silva. That rebounded Fitch after suffering a twelve second knockout at the hands of current top contender Johny Hendricks. Fitch has been constantly trying to get back to the title shot he believes he deserves, but a loss to current champion GSP has held him back. Fitch is viewing this return as the second coming of his career, and he has vowed to get back to the top form he once had. He will have another tough test come February.