Maia, now 25-7, was defeated by unanimous decision when he challenged for Tyron Woodley’s title in his last outing. The loss snapped a seven-fight winning streak with wins over notable names such as Jorge Masvidal, Carlos Condit, Gunnar Nelson and Neil Magny. Covington, 12-1, comes into the fight on a four-fight winning streak, most recently defeating Dong Hyun Kim in June. His only loss came via guillotine choke to Warlley Alves, in December 2015.
Sityodtong Boston’s Rob Font will also fight on this card in the Bantamweight division at 135 pounds. Rob will face submission specialist Pedro Munoz of Brazil, who matches Rob’s record of 14-2.
The event is headlined by a middleweight bout between Lyoto Machida and Derek Brunson. Good luck to Professor Demian and Rob as they continue there MMA journeys!