Demian Maia (19-6) pulled out of a fight for the first time in his UFC career, when he withdrew from UFC Fight Night 49 against Mike Pyle due to a staph infection in his shoulder suffered during training. It has now been revealed that Maia has been diagnosed with a bone infection in his right clavicle, referred to as osteomyelitis (OM). Fox Sports 1’s Ariel Helwani reported on UFC Tonight that there’s no timetable for the welterweight’s return as of now.
The infection forced Maia into the hospital this past week, and he will require a six-week antibiotics treatment through IVs for the infection. He will be reassessed by doctors following to determine a timetable for his return.
The BJJ World Champion last competed in the UFC at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale, defeating newcomer Alexander Yakovlev via decision. Prior to that Maia had become a contender, winning his first three bouts at welterweight before suffering back-to-back losses to Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald.