|Born||Fábio Rogerio Maldonado
March 17, 1980
Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil
|Other names||Caipira de Aço (The Iron Hillbilly)|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)|
|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|
|Amateur boxing record|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Fábio Rogério Maldonado (born March 17, 1980) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist competing in the UFC's Light Heavyweight division. As of April 20, 2015, he is #12 in official UFC Light Heavyweight rankings. Many consider him to be one of the toughest MMA fighters of his generation, Maldonado has earned respect among MMA fans and commentators for his iron jaw and exciting fighting style.
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. As a boxer he has a record of 22-0 with an impressive 21 knockouts. Maldonado last boxed professionally in June 2010.
Mixed martial arts career
Maldonado made his professional mixed martial arts debut in September 2000 and also began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu the same year. 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
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 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. 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 Gian Villante on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38. 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. He lost the fight by TKO due to punches early in the first round.
Maldonado was expected to face returning veteran Quinton Jackson on April 25, 2015 at UFC 186. However on April 7, Jackson was removed from the card after his most recent employer, Bellator MMA, was granted an injunction by a New Jersey Superior Court judge preventing him from competing for the UFC after it was alleged that he breached a deal signed in June 2013. On April 21, a judge in the Superior Court of New Jersey's Appellate Division overturned the injunction against Jackson, allowing him to compete for the UFC. The bout took place at a catchweight of 215 lbs. Maldonado lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- 2012 Chin of the Year vs. Glover Teixeira @ UFC 153
- Universal Boxing Council
- UBC Iberian-American Heavyweight Championship
- 2008 Sao Paolo State Heavyweight Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||22 wins||8 losses|
|Loss||22–8||Quinton Jackson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 186||April 25, 2015||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Catchweight (215 lbs) bout.|
|Win||22–7||Hans Stringer||TKO (punches)||UFC 179||October 25, 2014||2||4:06||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|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)||Fightworld 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)||Mo Team League: 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|
|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|
- Professional MMA record for Fábio Maldonado from Sherdog
- Professional boxing record for Fábio Maldonado from BoxRec
- >> Fabio "Caipira de Aco" Maldonado MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com
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