Fábio Maldonado

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Fábio Maldonado
Born Fábio Rogerio Maldonado
(1980-03-17) March 17, 1980 (age 34)
Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil
Other names Caipira de Aço (The Iron Hillbilly)[1]
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16.1 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)
Fighting out of Florianópolis, Brazil
Team Pitbull Brothers
Team Tavares
Team Nogueira
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2000–present (MMA)
2002–2010 (Boxing)
Professional boxing record
Total 22
Wins 22
By knockout 21
Mixed martial arts record
Total 28
Wins 21
By knockout 12
By submission 3
By decision 6
Losses 7
By knockout 2
By submission 2
By decision 3
Amateur boxing record
Total 45
Wins 40
By knockout 27
Losses 5
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Fábio Rogério Maldonado (born March 17, 1980) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist most recently competing in the UFC's Heavyweight division.

Boxing career[edit]

Simultaneous to becoming a mixed martial artist fighter, Maldonado also competed professionally as a boxer in his native Brazil, making his professional boxing debut in April 2002.[2] As a boxer he has a record of 22-0 with an impressive 21 knockouts.[2] Maldonado last boxed professionally in June 2010.[2][3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Maldonado made his professional mixed martial arts debut in September 2000 and also began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu the same year.[4] During the first eight years of his career, he competed exclusively in his native Brazil, and made his North American debut in November 2008.

In the decade previous to his debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Maldonado compiled a record of 17-3. Notable victories from this period include Vitor Miranda and two TKO victories over Maiquel Falcão.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Maldonado made his UFC debut at UFC 120 against James McSweeney and won by TKO after 48 seconds of round 3.[5]

Maldonado lost to Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.[6] Despite the loss, Maldonado won the Fight of the Night bonus.

Maldonado was expected to face Aaron Rosa at UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson.[7] but he was forced to pull out of the bout due to an injury.[8]

Maldonado was expected to face UFC newcomer Caio Magalhaes on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142, but had to pull out from this bout due to a rib injury.[9]

For his third UFC fight, Maldonado faced Igor Pokrajac on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[10] Even though Maldonado rocked Pokrajac on several occasions, he lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.

Maldonado was expected to face UFC newcomer Jorgen Kruth at UFC on Fuel TV 5.[11] However, Kruth abruptly retired from MMA and Maldonado was briefly linked to a bout with Cyrille Diabate on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.[12] However, Maldonado stepped up and faced Glover Teixeira on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153, replacing an injured Quinton Jackson.[13] Maldonado absorbed a tremendous amount of punishment on the ground, which was so brutal it earned "Beatdown of the Year" honors from Sherdog.com. Maldonado ultimately lost the fight at the end of the second round, when the doctor deemed him unable to continue.

Maldonado faced Roger Hollett on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Maldonado next faced Joey Beltran on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29.[15] He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.

Maldonado faced Gian Villante on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38.[16] After losing the first round to Villante, Maldonado rallied back to win the next two rounds utilizing his boxing and won the bout via unanimous decision.

Maldonado faced Stipe Miocic in a Heavyweight bout on May 31, 2014 at the The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale, replacing Junior dos Santos.[17][18] He lost the fight by TKO due to punches early in the first round.

Maldonado is expected to face Hans Stringer on October 25, 2014 at UFC 179.[19]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • MMAValor.com
    • 2012 Chin of the Year vs. Glover Teixeira @ UFC 153[20]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–7 Stipe Miocic TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado May 31, 2014 1 0:35 São Paulo, Brazil Heavyweight bout.
Win 21–6 Gian Villante Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 March 23, 2014 3 5:00 Natal, Brazil
Win 20–6 Joey Beltran Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields October 9, 2013 3 5:00 Barueri, Brazil
Win 19–6 Roger Hollett Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold May 18, 2013 3 5:00 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Loss 18–6 Glover Teixeira TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 153 October 13, 2012 2 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 18–5 Igor Pokrajac Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier May 15, 2012 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss 18–4 Kyle Kingsbury Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale June 4, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night
Win 18–3 James McSweeney TKO (punches) UFC 120 October 16, 2010 3 0:48 London, England, United Kingdom
Win 17–3 Nelson Martins TKO (punches) First Class Fight 4 June 30, 2010 1 0:40 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 16–3 Jackson Mora Submission (guillotine choke) Memorial Fight Qualifying June 4, 2010 1 1:19 Santos, Brazil
Win 15–3 Jessie Gibbs Submission (punches) Bitetti Combat MMA 7 May 28, 2010 2 2:52 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 14–3 Alessandro Leal TKO (punches) Combat Power Championship March 13, 2010 1 4:57 Piracicaba, Brazil
Win 13–3 Fernando Tressino TKO (corner stoppage) Bitetti Combat MMA 5 December 12, 2009 2 5:00 Barueri, Brazil
Win 12–3 Vitor Miranda Decision (unanimous) Bitetti Combat MMA 4 September 12, 2009 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 11–3 Edgard Castaldelli Filho TKO (punches) Predador FC 12 December 3, 2008 2 4:44 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 10–3 Shaton Vaughn Submission (guillotine choke) FW 16: International November 1, 2008 1 4:48 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 9–3 Maiquel Falcão TKO (punches) Predador FC 9 March 15, 2008 2 1:52 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 8–3 Renato Matos TKO (punches) Predador FC 7 December 8, 2007 1 0:50 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 7–3 Alexandre Ferreira Submission (kneebar) MTL: Final November 10, 2007 1 0:27 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 7–2 Vitor Miranda Decision (unanimous) Mo Team League 2 September 29, 2007 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 6–2 Maiquel Falcão TKO (punches) Circuito Mariliense MMA May 18, 2007 3 0:46 Marilia, Brazil
Win 5–2 Ildemar Alcântara Decision (unanimous) Predador Kamae 2 January 25, 2007 5 5:00 Florianopolis, Brazil Won Predador Kamae Heavyweight Championship
Win 4–2 Cleisson Mamute TKO (punches) Pantanal Combat February 10, 2006 2 2:01 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 3–2 Bruno Alves TKO (punches) Clube da Luta 1 December 14, 2004 2 4:54 Salvador, Brazil
Loss 2–2 Alessandro Leal Submission (kneebar) Meca World Vale Tudo 5 June 9, 2001 1 5:22 Curitiba, Brazil
Loss 2–1 Omni Santos Decision (unanimous) Surf Fight Circuit: Day 2 September 23, 2000 2 10:00 Brasília, Brazil
Win 2–0 Augusto Menezes Santos TKO (punches) Surf Fight Circuit: Day 1 September 22, 2000 2 3:03 Brasília, Brazil
Win 1–0 Robson Parazinho TKO (punches) Surf Fight Circuit: Day 1 September 22, 2000 1 2:21 Brasília, Brazil

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ >> Fabio "Caipira de Aco" Maldonado MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com
  2. ^ a b c "Fabio Maldonado Boxing Record". boxrec.com. May 15, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ http://it.ufc.com/news/Fabio-Maldonado-The-Complete-Boxer
  4. ^ http://it.ufc.com/news/Fabio-Maldonado-The-Complete-Boxer
  5. ^ Whitman, Mike (September 28, 2010). "Maldonado Replaces Blackledge at UFC 120". Sherdog.com. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Kyle Kingsbury vs. Fabio Malonado added to The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale". mmajunkie.com. 2011-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Rosa Cuts to 205, Meets Maldonado at UFC Live 6". sherdog.com. 2011-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Fabio Maldonado scratched from UFC on Versus 6 due to injury". mmajunkie.com. September 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Fabio Maldonado out of UFC 142". uksports.com.br. January 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Fabio Maldonado vs. Igor Pokrajac slated for UFC on FUEL TV 3". mmajunkie.com. March 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Maldonado vs. Kruth Set For UFC Nottingham". YourMMA.tv. July 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 5's Kruth retires, Maldonado gets Diabate at UFC 154". mmajunkie.com. September 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ Halvatzis Jr., George (September 12, 2012). "Fabio Maldonado Fills In For Quinton Jackson, Set To Fight Glover Teixeira In Co-Main Event Of UFC 153". mmamania.com. 
  14. ^ Don Wilson (March 6, 2013). "The Hulk Meets Maldonado At UFC On FX 8". TopMMANews.com. 
  15. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-08-15). "Joey Beltran meets Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night 29". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  16. ^ Mookie Alexander. "Fabio Maldonado says he's fighting Gian Villante at March UFC event in Brazil". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  17. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-05-06). "Fabio Maldonado vs. Stipe Miocic headlines TUF: Brazil 3 Finale card". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  18. ^ Cole, Ross (7 May 2014). "Fabio Maldonado Now Fights Stipe Miocic In TUF Brazil 3 Finale Main Event". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  19. ^ Staff (2014-09-04). "Fabio Maldonado vs. Hans Stringer added to UFC 179 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  20. ^ http://mmavalor.com/2012/12/31/the-mma-valor-2012-year-end-awards/