Demian Maia Confirms Fight with Nate Marquardt, Set for UFC 102

Brian Oswald@@briancoswaldMMA Editor April 29, 2009

CHICAGO- OCTOBER 25:  People attend the UFC 90 at UFC's Ultimate Fight Night at Allstate Arena on October 25, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Demian Maia has confirmed (on his website) the exclusive news Inside Fights reported a few days ago.  He’ll be meeting fellow middleweight contender Nate Marquardt in a battle later this summer to determine the No. 1 contender for the UFC middleweight championship.

The fight will take place at UFC 102 in Portland.

MMA Mania and MMA Junkie have has also cofirmed the breaking news.

This should be a great fight, and it will be interesting to see who the winner of this fight ends up fighting. Will it be Anderson Silva or will it be the winner of Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping?

Will Silva vacate his middleweight belt if he beats Forrest Griffin? Will the Marquardt-Maia winner fight the Henderson-Bisping winner of the interim title belt or the real belt?

Stay tuned as things just keep heating up.