Maldonado steps up a weight class to fight Miocic

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

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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