In a very strange turn of events, news came out recently that the highly anticipated return of former heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos, looks like it will be delayed. Dos Santos was to fight Stipe Miocic in the main event of the TUF Brazil finale. It was revealed that Dos Santos was forced to pull out of the fight due to an injury he sustained to his left hand while training.
Getting injured while training is nothing new. Even changing a main event due to an injury is nothing new. When the announcement came out that Fabio Maldonado, a light heavyweight, not ranked in the top 10 of the division, would be replacing Dos Santos for the heavyweight bout, against Miocic, who is near the top 5 of the heavyweight division, well, that is new.
There has been a major uproar in the MMA community as to why Maldonado would look for a fight a weight division higher than what he fights now, against a fighter in Miocic who is easily in the top 10 of the division. Some praised Maldonado for his 'grittiness' and 'willingness' while others can not wrap their heads around why Maldonado would subject himself to this kind of one-sided fight.
Maldonado claims that he has asked for heavyweight fights before. Citing names like Mark Hunt, and Roy Nelson. He even claimed to have asked for Dan Henderson at light heavyweight. Needless to say, Maldonado is a fighter's fighter. A man who just loves to fight and will fight anyone at any weight class. Maldonado has already said that he will try to knock Miocic out, promising the fans a "bloody and violent" fight.
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Tags: Brazil, Fabio Maldonado, Injury, Junior dos Santos, MMA, TUF