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Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia official for UFC 170 in Feb.

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The top 10 welterweights will face off in a battle of redemption.
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Rory MacDonald will look to erase the bad memories of a loss in his last fight when he takes on submission specialist Demian Maia at UFC 170 on Feb 22 in Las Vegas.

The bout was rumored to be in the works earlier this week, but now UFC officials have confirmed the top ten welterweight battle for early 2014.

MacDonald (15-2) appeared to be on a fast track toward a title shot next year until he ran into veteran fighter Robbie Lawler at UFC 167. The young Canadian kept the fight close, but ended up being overwhelmed by Lawler in the third round and lost a split decision win the night was over.

As he looks to move on from that fight, MacDonald will face another tough test in his next bout as he returns to Las Vegas for his next fight at UFC 170.

Joining MacDonald on the road to redemption is Demian Maia (18-5), who will try to pick up his fourth win in the welterweight division after suffering his first loss in the weight class back in October.

It was there that Maia faced fellow grappler Jake Shields and also fell by way of split decision on the judges' scorecards.

The battle between MacDonald and Maia will be a featured fight on the main card of the UFC 170 pay-per-view headlined by the five round light heavyweight tilt between Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier.

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