Fabio Maldonado and Igor Prokrajac put on one of the best fights of the night at UFC On Fuel 3, with Prokrajac taking a unanimous decision. This was Maldonado's second decision loss in a row, but many, including UFC President Dana White, thought it should not have been a loss at all.
Maldonado agrees, vehemently.
"There was a judge who scored it 30-27, there’s no logic in it," said Maldonado. "I’m really sad."
“I won it and that’s it. Everybody saw it, even the judges. The three judges who gave it to him know deep down I won. In my opinion it’s not a mistake, is called having a bad character, mainly the one who scored 30-27… They want to f--- me up, they didn’t want to give me the win once again."
“He hit me with an elbow really hard, he has heavy hands. It’s been a while since I was last hit that hard. He took me down, got the mount, but that was it. I won the second and third rounds. I’m punched, get kneeled on the face and nothing happens, but then I throw a couple of punches on his face and he gets all dizzy and can walk… It’s complicated."
“I don’t wanna be a tough guy who pleases the fans who watch. I wanna become a champion."
Maldonado's remarks were echoed by manager Alex Davis.
“I saw it, Dana White saw it, Fight Metrics saw it, and everybody saw Maldonado winning." said Davis. "What happens is that everybody saw theat he won. I don’t where it came from, I don’t know who these guys get licenses to be judges. There was a guy who scored it 30-27. How dare he? This guy must come from Kenpo, Taekwondo or whatever, but it was absurd to me."
The fact that Maldonado can take a shot and doesn't always avoid them may have complicated matters for him.
“(Maldonado) shouldn’t let (Prokrajac) hit, but they score it for points. Since he can handle many punches, he thinks he doesn’t need to defend himself that much and let it go to the judges score card, but it doesn’t justify stealing. It’s not because the guy hit him with a knee that it worth more than ten punches. Those judges are unprepared, not used to fighting. It’s bizarre.
“Virginia is a small state. The Athletic Committee is unprepared and that’s the result. It’s sad because they’re professional athletes, who put much effort to prepare for fights like this and then have the victory stolen from them. It’s just sad and Dana White also complains about it."
“Congratulations, Maldonado. We have to work on some aspects, but he’s been through a hard moment before the fight, some politic problems and it disturbed him from training. Even so, he had great conditioning, he was doing great, just fine. He’s much better than that."
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