Demian Maia Says he Always Believed He'd Get Welterweight Title Shot

Cris Juno hasn’t lost a fight since her MMA debut in May 2005

Cris Juno hasn’t lost a fight since her MMA debut in May 2005

"The Chosen One" will be facing Demian Maia, victor of seven straight fights and known as the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter in mixed martial arts.

During the pre-fight press conference for UFC 214, UFC president Dana White made it clear who GSP will be facing upon his return to the Octagon.

All signs are pointing towards St-Pierre fighting in November as part of the UFC's return to Madison Square Garden in NY, but perhaps more will be revealed after he meets with White in Los Angeles.

The champion responded by claiming saying: "Well, you've earned a title fight, so I imagine you're about 3-0 in the UFC, so those first few fights". "It's not like he won seven fights in a row and he came by surprise like I didn't know he was coming up".

"I just don't think that he wants to come in after three years and face a guy like me who is completely determined not to lose his belt".

Jones then asked Cormier: "How long do you think I've been doing steroids?"

"If you're the challenger, you step up and we fight and that's why we're fighting Saturday".

Maia on taking the title shot on five weeks" notice: "When we got the notice for the fight, five weeks before, I was kind of wondering (if I should take the fight).

Jon Jones will take the walk to the Octagon inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday night, after almost an 18-month hiatus due to a performance-enhancing drug suspension. "GSP's people are here today to speak to me so we'll see what happens, we'll see how it goes".

While not getting top billing may grate on some fighters, the welterweight champion doesn't sweat it. "It's gone. If you win on Saturday, it going to be you pal", said White.

"I plan on going out there and having a great performance - getting rid of Demian Maia in record-breaking time and that way I can watch the main event".

"Everybody has their time and season and I've been shown to put on the best damn shows when I'm on the big cards", Woodley said. "When [St-Pierre] comes back, he'll come back, and he'll fight whoever is the champion at 170", said White on the UFC Unfiltered podcast in June.

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