As we saw at UFC on FOX 23, Jorge Masvidal’s striking is elite enough for him to take out Donald Cerrone almost easily.
Well, homeboy is going to get his jiu-jitsu skills tested for sure at UFC 211, because his opponent will be none other than Demian Maia. That’s right, Maia – the most dangerous jiu-jitsu master in the UFC.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that Demian Maia (24-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC) and Jorge Masvidal (32-11 MMA, 9-4 UFC) have agreed to meet at the event, which takes place May 13 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Maia, who challenged unsuccessfully for the middleweight belt in 2010, has found a new life at welterweight, where the 39-year-old Brazilian grappler had won his past six fights. Three of his past four victories – over notables Neil Magny, Matt Brown and Carlos Condit – have come via submission. After the Condit victory, which earned him his seventh career UFC fight-night bonus, Maia was seemingly promised a title shot. Instead, champ Tyron Woodley rematches Stephen Thompson in Saturday’s UFC 209 headliner).
Instead, he fights Masvidal, a 32-year-old American Top Team fighter who recently experienced a tough 1-3 stretch that included three split-decision losses. However, the former Strikeforce and Bellator fighter has since earned three consecutive victories while knocking out Jake Ellenberger and former title challenger Donald Cerrone (in a “Performance of the Night” effort) in his most recent appearances.