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:"
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BREAKING: Tyron Woodley confirms that he'll defend his welterweight title vs. Demian Maia at #UFC214! Details here. https://t.co/5BukKCCjPy2017-6-28 23:05:57
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:
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Lineup for #UFC214: DC vs Jones 2 Woodley vs Maia Cyborg vs Evinger Manuwa vs Oezdemir And potentially Cowboy vs Lawler https://t.co/6nPYBqpC592017-6-28 23:14:41
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.