28 February 2017 | 12:00 am
The welterweight contenders instead will square off on May 13 at
UFC 211 in Dallas.
MMAjunkie.com first confirmed the date and venue after a
previous report claimed Maia and Masvidal would supplant Cub Swanson
vs. Artem Lobov
as the new UFC Fight Night 108 headliner on April 22. UFC 211 takes
place at the American Airlines Center and is headlined by a
heavyweight championship clash between Stipe
Miocic and Junior dos
Maia has already solidified himself as one of the top contenders in
the welterweight division with six straight triumphs. Most
recently, the Brazilian grappling ace submitted former interim
Condit in the first-round at UFC on Fox 21 on Aug. 27. Maia
also owns notable wins over Matt Brown,
Nelson and Neil Magny
during his current winning streak.
A former lightweight title challenger in Strikeforce, Masvidal has
reeled off three straight wins in the Octagon at 170 pounds.
“Gamebred” earned perhaps the signature triumph of his 43-bout
career in his last outing, as he scored a second-round technical
knockout of Donald
Cerrone at UFC on Fox 23.