Demian Maia Moving to Welterweight for UFC 148 Bout Against ‘Stun Gun’ Kim

By Mike Whitman Mar 21, 2012



UFC officials Wednesday announced the addition of two new matchups to UFC 148.

Jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia (Pictured, right) will make his welterweight debut against well-rounded South Korean “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim, while middleweight talent Riki Fukuda will meet heavy-handed Constantinos Philippou.

Expected to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 7, UFC 148 will also feature a pivotal 185-pound collision between Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch, as well as a light heavyweight rubber match pitting Forrest Griffin against Tito Ortiz.

Maia, 34, has competed for the UFC 13 times as a middleweight, debuting with the promotion in 2007. After notching five-straight submission victories to start his Octagon career, the Brazilian has posted a 4-4 record in his last eight outings, most recently dropping a unanimous decision to prospect Chris Weidman on Jan. 28 at UFC on Fox 2.

Meanwhile, 30-year-old Kim has officially tasted defeat just once as a professional, emerging victorious in six of his eight UFC outings. The judo black belt was last seen outpointing Sean Pierson on Dec. 30 at UFC 141, rebounding from a knockout loss to current interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit six months prior.

Fukuda made his UFC debut in February 2011 and had a seven-fight winning streak snapped in a controversial decision defeat to Nick Ring at UFC 127. The onetime Deep champion rebounded from the loss by outpointing Steve Cantwell at UFC 144 in February.

Representing the Serra-Longo Fight Team, Philippou has posted a trio of Octagon victories since dropping his UFC debut to Nick Catone one year ago. The Cyprus native posted a pair of triumphs to close out 2011, outpointing Jorge Rivera in August before knocking out Jared Hamman at UFC 140 on Dec. 10. Philippou earned a unanimous nod over “Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 winner Court McGee three weeks ago at UFC on FX 2.

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