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Fabio Maldonado On Stepping Up To Heavyweight To Fight Stipe Miocic

Andrew Ravens

Stipe Miocic

Fabio Maldonado (21-6) is only 48 hours away from one of his toughest fighter to day in Stipe Miocic (11-1) This Saturday night at UFC TUF Brazil 3. He stepped in for Junior Dos Santos to fight Miocic and will make his Heavyweight debut this Saturday night.

“I want to test myself, said Maldonado. I’ve always fought as a heavyweight, and I’ve always wanted to fight Pat Barry and Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt. If I turn down a fight like that, how would I look at my kids? I’m a fighter.”

He has 12 knockouts, 3 submissions and 6 decision victories while he has been knocked out once, submitted twice and lost by decision three times.

“I need to go up there and take those challenges. That’s what being a fighter means.”

Maldonado is currently on a three fight winning streak. He beat Roger Hollett via unanimous decision at UFC on FX 8 – Belfort vs. Rockhold on May / 18 / 2013, Joey Beltran via split decision at UFC Fight Night – Maia vs. Shields on Oct / 09 / 2013 and in his last fight he beat Gian Villante via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Shogun vs. Henderson 2 on Mar / 23 / 2014.

TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Maldonado vs. Miocic is the second UFC event on Saturday, it goes down on Saturday night. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card to the main event fight on Fox Sports 1. Keep it locked on MMA Frenzy. The headlining fight is Stipe Miocic vs. Fabio Maldonado, the co-main event is Antonio Carlos Jr. Vs. Vitor Miranda. The event airs from Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The show starts with Matt Hobar vs. Pedro Munhoz starting at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.

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