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

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
on Feb 22 in Las Vegas.

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

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
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.