Rumors swirling about Rory MacDonald vs Demian Maia in 2014

Two welterweights looking to get back on track could meet in

2014 as rumors are currently swirling about a potential matchup

pitting submission specialist Demian Maia against Rory MacDonald

sometime next year.

While there is no confirmation about the fight as of yet, UFC

Tonight’s Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday that there are talks

about the bout taking place although it’s far from official at this

point.

Following a 3-0 start to his welterweight career that included

wins over Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story and Jon Fitch, Demian Maia

finally felt the sting of defeat when he lost a close decision to

Jake Shields earlier this year in his home country of Brazil.

Meanwhile, MacDonald’s title hopes were snuffed out at UFC 167

when he was

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split decision, marking his first loss after five straight

wins.

While the fight is just a rumor for now, a pairing between Maia

and MacDonald makes a lot of sense given both competitors ranking

in the top ten as well as the close nature of their respective

losses.

FOX Sports will have more information on this potential fight as

it becomes available.