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UFC 186: Fabio Maldonado Has New Opponent After “Rampage” Jackson’s Withdrawal

Kelsey Mowatt

Fábio Maldonado

Although “Rampage” Jackson isn’t able to fight Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186 as scheduled, the promotion has found a replacement opponent for the latter…

As you likely know, recently a judge granted Bellator a temporary injunction, which will prevent Jackson from fighting on April 25th. The development was the latest in Bellator’s ongoing contractual battle with the light-heavyweight star.

So who is Maldonado fighting? Steve Bosse…Now if you’re not a hardcore MMA fan and don’t follow minor league hockey, that name may not ring a bell. Bosse was a hockey enforcer in minor pro hockey, who transitioned into MMA back in 2007.

The Quebec fighter went on to record a 10-1 record, but Bosse announced he was retiring last year, and cited injuries as the cause. Bosse was signed to fight Ryan Jimmo at the TUF Nations Finale last April, but he pulled out after he went down with another injury.

During his MMA run, the Tristar fighter has defeated vets like Marvin Eastman, Houston Alexander and Wes Sims.

So, that’s an interesting addition to the card, and since Bosse was always a big draw in Quebec, chances are his addition will sell some tickets. “The Boss” is also a very aggressive fighter, so when you consider Maldonado’s the same, it could be an outstanding fight.

Maldonado, meanwhile, is coming off a stoppage win over Hans Stringer in October. The Brazilian is 4-1 in his last 5 scraps.

UFC 186 will be hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

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