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| | Fabio Maldonado camp: 'Toughest SOB on UFC roster' considering drop to middleweight
Fabio Maldonado camp: 'Toughest SOB on UFC roster' considering drop to middleweight
Fabio Maldonado camp: 'Toughest SOB on UFC roster' considering drop to middleweight | MMAjunkie.com
After enduring a brutal assault from top light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira, Fabio Maldonado (18-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) is at least considering a drop to 185 pounds. |
Maldonado's manager, Alex Davis, said that his client hasn't yet made a commitment to middleweight, but he's certainly considering the option.
"Maldonado has been relying on his capability to withstand punishment, and it caught up with him," Davis told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com). "Now I'm hearing he wants to drop to 185 pounds. I think it could be a good move."
The 32-year-old Maldonado has competed as high as heavyweight in his career as a mixed martial artist and professional boxer. His four-fight UFC run has taken place all at 205 pounds, and Maldonado's hallmark has been his willingness to stand in the pocket and trade leather with powerful opponents like Teixeira, Igor Pokrajac, Kyle Kingsbury and James McSweeney.
As such, Maldonado has been a part of several memorable wars, but the UFC 153 fight with Teixeira was something different. The Chuck Liddell protege dominated the fight from the opening bell, and the assault was ultimately called off by the attending doctor at the end of the second round. Along the way, Maldonado had several chances to simply wilt and give up, but he continued to press forward with heart that led his opponent to call him "not human."
Davis said he was impressed by Teixeira's performance.
"I think that Glover lived up to the hype," Davis said. "He came in there against one of the toughest SOBs on the UFC roster and completely dominated. Until this fight, Glover had not really shined against top competition, but now he leaves no more doubt."
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