The former two-time lightweight title challenger will face the Brazilian veteran when the UFC hits Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 2. The tilt between Maynard and Camoes will be a featured bout on a card that will be headlined by the highly anticipated rematch between featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.
Whereas the former three-time All-American wrestling standout kicked off his run under the UFC banner in 2007 on an eight-fight winning streak that earned him two shots at the 155-pound title, Maynard's path through the lightweight ranks has been a rough road as of late.
The 35-year-old returned from a lengthy stint on the sidelines in June 2012 to defeat Clay Guida, but he then suffered back-to-back losses to TJ Grant and Nate Diaz.
The former contender will need a win over Camoes in the worst way in order to remain relevant in a lightweight division that has grown more competitive over the past three years.
There are also heavy implications on the line where Camoes is concerned as well. The 35-year-old Rio de Janeiro native has amassed a 1-3-1 record during his time inside the Octagon. He is currently in the midst of a two-fight slump, with his most recent setback coming when Jim Miller defeated him via submission at UFC 168 last December.
Duane Finley is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. All quotes are obtained firsthand unless noted otherwise.