Although a knee injury hampered his training for a fight against Joey Beltran at UFC Fight Night 29, Fabio Maldonado was in good spirits following a split call.
Good enough spirits, that is, to make a few requests about his next bout. And Maldonado thought none other than Chael Sonnen would make a good opponent for his next UFC appearance.
Or, if Sonnen was unavailable, Australian striker James Te-Huna.
"Of course, it's serious," said Maldonado when asked about inklings of his preference on social media. "I would love to fight Chael Sonnen. I would like to fight James Te Huna. James is a great striker, and Chael, a lot of people think he would kill my game, that he would tie me up. But I'm very well-trained.
"It's hard for you to see my jiu-jitsu, but I can turn it around. I would do well against James, as well."