The rumored confrontation was made official by UFC officials on Tuesday. In addition to the headliner, seven other fights were announced for the card which takes place in Barueri, Brazil. The show will be aired live on Fox Sports 1, which just recently launched.
Erick Silva will be taking on Dong Hyun Kim as part of the card as well. Mariano Bezerra, winner of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" meets big punching Jeremy Stephens, and at featherweight, Hacran Dias will face Rodrigo Damm. Also, in what should be an interesting contest, T.J. Dillashaw will square of with Raphael Assuncao.
Finally, the light heavyweights will be well represented as Brazilians Thiago Silva and Fabio Maldanado will do battle with Matt Hamill and Joey Beltran, respectively. The last fight to be announced involves Chris Cariaso, loser of his last two, taking on Iliarde Santos.
Demian Maia has yet to lose since making the switch to welterweight last year. In that time, he has rattled off three consecutive victories over the likes of Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story, and Jon Fitch, who he beat earlier this year.
For Shields, his run of late has been a little more of a mixed bag. Following a 15-fight winning streak that ended back in 2010, he would challenge unsuccessfully for Georges St. Pierre's welterweight title. He had a win against Ed Herman that was changed to a no-contest when Shields tested positive for a banned substance. However, he did successfully return to the win coulumn in June when he secured a split decision win over Tyrone Woodley back at UFC 161.