In an attempt to earn one of the UFC’s Twitter bonuses, Demian Maia tweeted there will be some Brazilian-on-Brazilian crime going down October 8th. On Friday, Maia announced he’ll meet Jorge Santiago at UFC 136 in a critical middleweight affair.
Their native country isn’t the only thing the 185-pounders have in common. Both were riding two-fight winning streaks prior to losing their last bouts.
Maia owns a respectable 14-3 professional record, with eight of his victories coming by way of submission. He was most recently seen dropping a unanimous decision loss to Mark Munoz at UFC 131 this past June.
Speaking of tapout specialists, 12 of Santiago’s 23 wins have come via submission. The talented 30-year-old posted his ninth loss when Brian Stann put him down at UFC 130 in May.
Despite their recent setbacks, both are considered to be among the division’s most skilled competitors.
UFC 136 takes place inside the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The company has yet to announce who will headline the pay-per-view broadcast.
Here are the athletes rumored to appear in the show:
Matt Grice vs Josh Grispi
Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago
Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann
Kenny Florian vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)