Demian Maia and Jorge Masvidal are fighting for the next UFC welterweight title shot, according to president Dana White.
Up until now, UFC 211’s Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal has been an unofficial title eliminator in the welterweight division. But now, according to UFC president Dana White, the title shot is a guarantee for whoever comes out victorious on Saturday night.
White said on the UFC 211 pre-fight show on FX that the Maia vs. Masvidal winner will indeed fight champion Tyron Woodley next.
On @FS1 Prefight show on @FX @danawhite says winner of Maia vs. Masvidal will get a title shot – Woodley wants to see what happens tonight
— John Stouffer (@johnstouffer) May 13, 2017
Of course, it should be noted that nothing is seemingly a guarantee until it’s 100-percent official when White says something in 2017. Change in plans are common for the UFC brass. A very recent example of this is Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 being announced as the UFC 214 headliner, despite White saying last month he’d rather book nearly any other fight than the light heavyweight title fight for a card’s main event.
Maia (24-6) is riding an incredible six-fight winning streak, which includes recent submission wins over Carlos Condit and Matt Brown.
Masvidal (32-11) has won three in a row. Most recently, “Gamebred” knocked out longtime contender Donald Cerrone this past January.
UFC 211 takes place live from American Airlines Center in Dallas. Stipe Miocic fights Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title in the main event.