Maldonado steps up a weight class to fight Miocic


Brazilian fans were disappointed to learn yesterday that Junior Dos Santos had broke his hand and would be unable to fight at the TUF Brazil 3 Finale event. That of course left Stipe Miocic without an opponent, until Fabio Maldonado decided to move up a weight class and take his place:

UFC announced on Tuesday that Fabio Maldonado has accepted to move up to heavyweight and replace former UFC champion Junior Dos Santos in a five-round battle against Stipe Miocic on May 31 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

"I’m really happy for this opportunity," Maldonado stated in a release. "I’m been training for a long time for this. I’m at 223 pounds right now and I would keep this weight for the fight."

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xsrg95 site profile image  

5/8/14 8:11 PM by xsrg95

i agree. this match up isn't good for fabio but it's still a fight he took. real warrior

Mike126 site profile image  

5/8/14 8:02 PM by Mike126

.. This referring to Fabio Maldonado which whom the thread is about .....

Micha3l_Kn1ght site profile image  

5/8/14 7:26 PM by Micha3l_Kn1ght

Has my respect

sadisticsoldier site profile image  

5/8/14 7:16 PM by sadisticsoldier

Big difference between losing weight and getting into shape. He can probably outlast the majority of light heavyweights in the cage. He was probably a lot heavier than he is now, which is why he looks fat due to extra skin. I'm sure his weight fluctuates now as well, but he makes weight. I'm sure he could make 185 too, but to say he needs to get in shape is just ridiculous. He isn't taking the HW fight because he is fat.

Rummpage site profile image  

5/8/14 3:18 PM by Rummpage

No doubt he has heart.But the man is doing himself a disservice by not getting into shape!!He's a fat 205 for Christ sake! He could probably make 185! (?)

Zeph site profile image  

5/7/14 9:40 PM by Zeph

Roy nelson?

The Fella site profile image  

5/7/14 8:56 PM by The Fella

Bring it back boys....bring it back!      

The Fella site profile image  

5/7/14 8:49 PM by The Fella

All you fake ass bitches better know that the real mother fuckin "Fabio's" comin for dat ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ramsey site profile image  

5/7/14 8:19 PM by Ramsey

If only his skill matched his toughness, he would be a serious contender, and I mean that with all due respect. I wish everyone would bring it like this guy and step up and fight!

Logic MMA site profile image  

5/7/14 7:15 PM by Logic MMA

^perfect response, beat me to it