Demian Maia and Alan Belcher official for the UFC Fight Night 22 headlinerPosted on July 12, 2010, 12:44 PM by Joey Santosus
As UFC Fight Night 22 becomes official, it would appear that Alan "The Talent" Belcher's pleas for a step up in competition will not go unanswered. Headlining the event will be Belcher himself facing former middleweight title contender Demian Maia.
Also official, the card will play out at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center on the campus of The University of Texas in Austin.
Belcher (16-6) was last seen at UFC 113 where he choked out Patrck Cote for a second round submission victory. "The Talent" will look to build on his two-fight win streak in hopes of securing a shot at the division title.
Maia (12-2), in his first match since the UFC 112 disaster in Abu Dhabi, will look to put his loss to middleweight champion Anderson Silva behind him. Currently 1-2 in his last three bouts, the Brazilian needs a win to remain relevant at 185.
The September 15th event will also feature the lightweight rematch between Matt Wiman (12-5) and Mac Danzig (20-8-1). They first met on the undercard at UFC 115, however their fight was cut short with a controversial ending. Believing that Danzig had lost consciousness, the ref stopped the match and awarded Wiman with a submission victory. Problem was, Danzig had neither went to sleep or tapped. The two will look to set the record straight this time around.
Fight Night 22 will air on Spike TV September 15th at 8 pm ET and will likely serve as the lead-in for the season 12 premier of The Ultimate Fighter, which will feature current welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and number one contender Josh Koscheck as coaches.
FULL UFC Fight Night 22 Fight Card (stay tuned for updates):
Middleweight bout: Demian Maia vs. Alan Belcher
Lightweight bout: Matt Wiman vs. Mac Danzig
Lightweight bout: Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau
Lightweight bout: Ross Pearson vs. Cole Miller