Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia Welterweight Title Fight Confirmed for UFC 214

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2017

Tyron Woodley speaks with the media during a news conference for UFC 209, Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Woodley is scheduled to fight Stephen Thompson in a welterweight championship fight Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Tyron Woodley is ready to defend his welterweight title at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.

Woodley appeared on FS1's UFC Tonight Wednesday and confirmed he will fight Demian Maia on July 29, saying "He's coming for the belt, guess what I ain't giving it up easy:"

This matchup is part of a loaded card for UFC 214.

UFC officials confirmed Tuesday Cris "Cyborg" Justino will square off with Tonya Evinger instead of Megan Anderson, via Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com. Anderson pulled out for personal reasons, but the fight will still be a marquee showdown.

What's more, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will fight for the light heavyweight championship.

The lineup had Justin Hartling of OddsShark looking forward to July 29:

The 17-3-1 Woodley (7-2-1 UFC) figures to be challenged by the 25-6 (19-6 UFC) Maia.

While Woodley successfully defended his title twice against Stephen Thompson, Maia comes into this bout with seven straight wins, including a victory over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211 in May. However, Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie noted Maia came up short in his one previous challenge for a UFC title, losing to Anderson Silva at UFC 112 in April 2010.