37-Year-Old Other Light Heavyweight 22-9-0
April 25, 2017 Fabio Maldonado News
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Maldonado will be sidelined for three months after suffering a laceration in his right wrist, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Maldonado was involved in a home accident on Saturday during which he fell on a glass door and gashed his wrist, cutting an artery. Luckily, the light heavyweight fighter quickly underwent surgery is in recovery. Maldonado last fought in March of 2017, beating Abdul-Khamid Davlatov via TKO in a 220-pound catchweight bout.
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Fantasy AnalysisMaldonado nearly knocked out the legendary heavyweight in the first round, leading many to believe that he had earned a 10-8 victory in that period. If that was truly the case, the fight should have been ruled a draw, even though only one of the three judges saw it that way. The interesting aspect here is that the judges were from the Russian MMA Union, an organization headed by Emelianenko. Regardless of how the appeal process plays out, the UFC surely will take note of the impressive performance by Maldonado in a fight that most had counted him out of before it began.
Fantasy AnalysisMaldonado's prime days of fighting are long over, yet he continues to press forward despite having to drop out of his last two UFC bouts due to similar ailments. According to the report, Maldonado is not cleared to spar just yet, but does expect to be able to box within a few days. It's tough to tell what his physical condition will be like over two months from now, but the 36-year-old doesn't appear to have any intentions of dropping out at this time.
Fantasy AnalysisYou never like to see anyone lose their job, but it's time for Maldonado to retire. He has lost three of his last four contests and he wasn't competitive in any of them. The 35-year-old has 31 professional MMA bouts under his belt. Hopefully Maldonado gets the hint and chooses to retire instead of looking for work in another organization.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's time for the 35-year-old Maldonado to retire. He just can't keep up with younger, more athletic fighters anymore. Never a good wrestler to begin with, Maldonado couldn't defend a takedown to save his life anymore. The fact he entered the fight as the #12 ranked light heavyweight by UFC.com shows you just how thin the division is. Never afraid to tell a fighter when he thinks their time is up, UFC president Dana White would be smart to force Maldonado to hang up his gloves.
Fantasy AnalysisMaldonado is coming off an embarrassing unanimous decision loss to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson way back in April. Maldonado is now 35-years old and he has virtually no athleticism. His fights can be entertaining because he tends to get in slugfests, but don't expect a ton of high quality MMA in this one.
Fantasy AnalysisIn what was the most important fight of his career, Maldonado simply didn't show up. He put no real pressure on Jackson and looked nothing like the fighter who dropped 132 significant strikes on Gian Villante a little over a year ago. Maldonado is tough, but he's extremely limited athletically and he offers virtually no drawing power for the UFC. He's currently the #13 ranked light heavyweight by UFC.com, and even that seems extremely generous.