UFC signs Brazilian striker Fabio Maldonado

by Mike Whitman | source: sherdog.com

The UFC has signed Brazilian light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado to fight James McSweeney at UFC 120 on Oct. 16 at the O2 Arena in London.

Maldonado will fill in for McSweeney's original opponent, fellow Englishman Tom Blackledge, whose reason for pulling out of the event could not be confirmed.

A member of Team Nogueira, Maldonado (17-3) will carry a 10-fight winning streak into the Octagon. Of Maldonado's 17 victories, 14 have been finishes, and he has never been knocked out. The 30-year-old also competes in professional boxing and is undefeated in 22 fights, with 21 of those wins ending by KO. Though the Brazilian typically trains out of Nogueira's gym in Rio De Janeiro, recently he has spent time training with UFC lightweight Thiago Tavares in Florianopolis, Brazil.

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epwar site profile image  

6/3/11 3:23 PM by epwar

Kingsbury got killed by Tony Lopez in one round.  Maldonado wins this.

minotauro11 site profile image  

6/3/11 3:22 PM by minotauro11

If kingsbury can't wrestle him Maldonado will have his way with him.

Jsteven site profile image  

6/3/11 3:08 PM by Jsteven

 Kingsbury is gonna murder him

The Sundance Kid site profile image  

6/3/11 2:52 PM by The Sundance Kid

 Awesome. How are things going Ron?

epwar site profile image  

6/3/11 2:49 PM by epwar

TTT for  Maldonado 

Pet Sounds site profile image  

6/3/11 2:49 PM by Pet Sounds

He didn't impress me in his last fight. McSweeney was lighting him up until he gassed.

Poindexter site profile image  

9/30/10 10:42 AM by Poindexter

 Hopefully his time comes soon.

RonFoster77 site profile image  

9/30/10 10:26 AM by RonFoster77

 I was told by a certain promotion that his fights were to quick and they needed to see more of his Striking game... Sorry he is not a Fitch, Shields, Korad, Maynard he just likes to get the job done as quickly as possible. Sorry he is not a Spider Silva , Vitor Belfort, Thiago Alves on the feet either but he is a finisher and that should be most important. No disrepect is intended towards the fighters i named.

Uncle Justice site profile image  

9/30/10 9:58 AM by Uncle Justice

 And out of 42 fights, Herring has only been finished by:  A prime Nog, Mirko, and Fedor.

RonFoster77 site profile image  

9/29/10 3:50 PM by RonFoster77

 !0w - 1L over the last 5 years, 17 of his 18 win have come by sub, The only fighting to take him the distance is UFC HW Heath Herring.... 94 percent finish rate, for sure one of the best fighters in the game.