Demian Maia has bigger things to focus on right now than fighting because a bone infection has caused the welterweight contender to undergo treatments that will keep him on the shelf for an undetermined amount of time.
Demian Maia's return date is to be determined
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By UFC Tonight
UFC welterweight Demian Maia will be on the shelf for an undetermined amount of time after being diagnosed with a bone infection that happened following a staph infection, which forced him out of his last fight against Mike Pyle at UFC Fight Night on FOX Sports 1: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos.
Maia's manager Eduardo Alonso told UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani that the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist contracted Osteomyelitis on his right clavicle bone. Maia was actually admitted to the hospital last Tuesday for treatment and released on Friday after having a catheter installed on his right arm near his heart.
The treatment for the infection includes six weeks of IV antibiotics followed by oral medication. Maia is home now but will have a nurse visit him twice a day for about five weeks to administer the medicine.
Once Maia's body starts adjusting to the medicine and the infection is out of his system, then he can reassess his return timeline to the Octagon. It was the staph infection that forced him to cancel his appearance at last weekend's UFC Fight Night card and then Maia contracted the bone infection that put him in the hospital most recently.
As of now, Maia has to focus on his health and once his bone infection has been cured he anticipates a return to the UFC.