Demian Maia was thought to be next in line for a UFC Welterweight Title shot, but will be battling Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211 instead of competing for the gold.
The welterweight contender has been questioned about why he would fight Masvidal instead of waiting for a title shot. Maia would release a statement on his Facebook page and it talked about how the UFC brass told him to stay active of he could lose his title opportunity.
Here is the full statement from Maia:
Maia is coming off of a first round submission win over former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit at UFC On Fox 21.
UFC 211 takes place on Saturday, May 13 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas with Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos headlining. Fightful will be providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.