"Brazilian light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado will move up to the heavyweight division to face Stipe Miocic in the main event at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Finale on May 31. Brazilian website Combate first reported the news on Tuesday. UFC officials later confirmed the match-up.
Miocic (11-1) was originally scheduled to face former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos on the Sao Paulo fight card. On May 5, dos Santos withdrew from the fight due to an injured hand.
Miocic made his UFC debut in October 2011, defeating Joey Beltran by unanimous decision. He won his next two fights by knockout. The 31-year-old lost for the first time in his career to Stefan Struve on Sept. 29, 2012. He rebounded with clear-cut wins over Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga.
Maldonado (21-6) is riding a three-fight winning streak. He debuted in the UFC in October 2010, knocking out James McSweeney at UFC 120. He lost his next three fights, but rebounded with back-to-back wins in 2013. The 34-year-old last fought March 23, defeating Gian Villante by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 38.
The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale takes place on May 31 from the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo Brazil. Maldonaldo vs. Miocic headlines the fight card."
Well that makes my decision easier. Guess I'll be watching the Munoz vs Mousasi instead of this card (which I was only interested in the main event for JDS anyways). It totally sucks because if you combined these two cards, you would have a half decent card. Instead we get 2 watered down weak ass cards. I'll probably DVR the Brazil one and watch when I have time, and watch the Munoz/Mousasi one live. Anyone know when it would start live?
UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi; May 31 - Berlin Fight Pass
Mark Munoz vs. Gegard Mousasi
Francis Carmont vs. C.B. Dollaway
Luke Barnatt vs. Sean Strickland
Tom Niinimaki vs. Thiago Tavares
Iuri Alcantara vs. Vaughan Lee
Magnus Cedenblad vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Drew Dober vs. Nick Hein
Peter Sobotta vs. Pawel Pawlak
Maximo Blanco vs. Andy Ogle
Ruslan Magomedov vs. Viktor Pesta
UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Miocic; May 31 - Brazil
Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic
TUF:Brazil 3 MW final
TUF:Brazil 3 HW final
Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Rony Jason vs. Robbie Peralta
Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega
Elias Silverio vs. Ernest Chavez
Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov
Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalatov
Mark Eddiva vs. Edimilson Souza
Matt Hobar vs. Pedro Munhoz