|Born||Fabio Rogerio Maldonado
March 17, 1980
Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14.5 st)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight & Heavyweight|
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Florianópolis, Brazil|
|Rank||brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2000–present (MMA)
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Fábiano Rogério Maldonado (born March 17, 1980) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and a former undefeated boxer. Maldonado trains at the gym of Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antônio Rogério Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Maldonado holds two notable knockout victories over Maiquel Falcão. Maldonado is well known for having an iron chin, often opening himself to clean strikes on the jaw and having never been knocked out in his boxing or mixed martial arts career with his only TKO loss coming by way of doctor stoppage.
Simultaneous to becoming a mixed martial arts fighter, Maldonado also competed professionally as a boxer in his native Brazil. He made his professional boxing debut in April 2002. As a boxer he has a record of 22-0 with an impressive 21 knockouts. He last boxed professionally in June 2010.
Mixed martial arts career
Maldonado made his professional MMA debut in September 2000. During the first eight years of his career, he competed exclusively in his native Brazil. He 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 wins and 3 losses. Notable victories from this period include Jessie Gibbs, Vitor Miranda, and two TKO victories over Maiquel Falcão.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
For his third UFC fight, Maldonado faced Igor Pokrajac on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. Even though Maldonado rocked Pokrajac on several occasions, He lost the back-and-forth fight via another controversial unanimous decision.
Maldonado was expected to face UFC newcomer Jorgen Kruth at UFC on Fuel TV 5. However, Kruth abruptly retired from MMA and Maldonado was briefly linked to a bout with Cyrille Diabate on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. However, Maldonado stepped up and faced Glover Teixeira on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153, replacing an injured Quinton Jackson. In one of the most gutsiest performances in UFC history, Maldonado demonstrated tremendous heart and an iron chin. 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. Dana White stated that despite the loss, Maldonado would not be released from the UFC.
Championships and accomplishments
- 2012 Chin of the Year vs. Glover Teixeira @ UFC 153 
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||19 wins||6 losses|
|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|
|Win||17–3||Nelson Martins||TKO (punches)||First Class Fight 4||June 30, 2010||1||0:40||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||16–3||Jackson Mora||Submission (guillotine choke)||Memorial Fight Qualifying||June 4, 2010||1||1:19||Santos, São Paulo|
|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||Sao 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||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||8–3||Renato Matos||TKO (punches)||Predador FC 7||December 8, 2007||1||0:50||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||7–3||Alexandre Ferreira||Submission (kneebar)||MTL: Final||November 10, 2007||1||0:27||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||7–2||Vitor Miranda||Decision (unanimous)||Mo Team League 2||September 29, 2007||3||5:00||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||6–2||Maiquel Falcão||TKO (punches)||Circuito Mariliense MMA||May 18, 2007||3||0:46||Marilia, Brazil|
|Win||5–2||Ildemar Alcantara||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||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||3–2||Bruno Alves||TKO (punches)||Clube da Luta 1||December 14, 2004||2||4:54||Bahia, Brazil|
|Loss||2–2||Alessandro Leal||Submission (kneebar)||Meca World Vale Tudo 5||June 9, 2001||1||5:22||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Loss||2–1||Senior Omni Santos||Decision (unanimous)||Surf Fight Circuit: Day 2||September 23, 2000||2||10:00||Brasilia, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Augusto Menezes Santos||TKO (punches)||Surf Fight Circuit: Day 1||September 22, 2000||2||3:03||Brasilia, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Robson Parazinho||TKO (punches)||Surf Fight Circuit: Day 1||September 22, 2000||1||2:21||Brasilia, Brazil|
- Professional MMA record for Fábio Maldonado from Sherdog
- Professional boxing record for Fábio Maldonado from BoxRec
- Fábio Maldonado
- "Fabio Maldonado Boxing Record". boxrec.com. May 15, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
- Whitman, Mike (September 28, 2010). "Maldonado Replaces Blackledge at UFC 120". Sherdog.com. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
- "Kyle Kingsbury vs. Fabio Malonado added to The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale". mmajunkie.com. 2011-03-15.
- "Rosa Cuts to 205, Meets Maldonado at UFC Live 6". sherdog.com. 2011-08-17.
- "Fabio Maldonado scratched from UFC on Versus 6 due to injury". mmajunkie.com. September 14, 2011.
- "Fabio Maldonado out of UFC 142". uksports.com.br. January 14, 2012.
- "Fabio Maldonado vs. Igor Pokrajac slated for UFC on FUEL TV 3". mmajunkie.com. March 13, 2012.
- "Maldonado vs. Kruth Set For UFC Nottingham". YourMMA.tv. July 3, 2012.
- "UFC on FUEL TV 5's Kruth retires, Maldonado gets Diabate at UFC 154". mmajunkie.com. September 7, 2012.
- 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.
- Don Wilson (March 6, 2013). "The Hulk Meets Maldonado At UFC On FX 8". TopMMANews.com.