Demian Maia vs Jorge Masvidal official for UFC 211

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Demian Maia will have one more hurdle to clear before getting a shot at the welterweight title.

The UFC announced on Tuesday that Maia will be facing #6 ranked welterweight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211 in May.

Maia (24-6) is on a six-fight win streak which includes three submission wins over ranked welterweight contenders. His most recent victory is a sub two-minute rear-naked choke win over former interim champion Carlos Condit in August. Prior to that, he submitted Matt Brown with a rear-naked choke at UFC 198.

Masvidal (32-11) is coming off of a second-round knockout win over Donald Cerrone in what is arguably the biggest of his career. Prior to that, he beat Jake Ellenberger by first-round TKO and Ross Pearson by unanimous decision. He has gone 4-2 since moving back up to welterweight in 2015.

UFC 211 takes place on May 13 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas and will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between champion Stipe Miocic and challenger Junior Dos Santos. The co-main event will feature Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s fifth defense of her strawweight title against Jessica Andrade.

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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