UFC 214 is shaping up to be one heck of a fight card, especially now that UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has announced he will face Demian Maia for the title.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) June 28, 2017
Woodley confirmed the news on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight.
“He’s coming for the belt,” Woodley said. “Guess what? I ain’t giving it up easy.”
This makes the third title fight scheduled for UFC 214 as it joins the light-heavyweight showdown between champion Daniel Cormier and challenger Jon Jones as the main event and a women’s featherweight title fight between Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Invicta bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger.
Fans and critics have wondered if the UFC is bulking the card as an insurance policy for the main event after Jones was pulled from UFC 200 just days before his scheduled bout. He has not fought since UFC 197 which was his first fight back after a year layoff due to a hit-n-run accident.
Maia is on a seven fight win streak including wins over Neil Magny, Gunnar Nelson and Carlos Condit. His recent victory came after an impressive win at UFC 211 when he topped Jorge Masvidal on the scorecards. He is currently ranked no.1 in the welterweight division.
This will be the third title defense for Woodley who came up with a draw after his first bout with Stephen Thompson, he was able to obtain the win after the rematch at UFC 209.
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) June 28, 2017
Woodley became welterweight champion after defeating his former teammate Robbie Lawler at UFC 201.
UFC 214 currently has 13 fights confirmed according to the UFC event page.
- Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – Title Fight
- Cris Cyborg vs. Tonya Evinger – Title Fight
- Tyron Woodley vs.Demian Maia – Title Fight
- Doo Ho Choi vs. Andre Fili
- Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
- Kailin Curran vs. Alexandra Albu
- Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
- Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
- Eric Shelton vs. Jarred Brooks
- Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir
- Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
- Brian Ortega vs. Renato Moicano
- John Makdessi vs. Sage Northcutt
UFC 214 is set for July 29 in Anaheim, CA.