Fabio Maldonado has never been knocked out in his career.
He’ll look to keep that trend going – and earn his first UFC victory since 2010 – when he takes on Glover Teixeira Saturday night at UFC 153.
Teixeira enters as the odds-on favorite, as Maldonado accepted the bout on short notice following a pair of decision losses. Teixeira is viewed as a potential challenger to the UFC 205-pound title, but Maldonado wants to spoil that.
He said he will knock me out? He’s never encountered a strong chin like mine. I know for a fact my boxing is better than Glover’s. I know he’s never seen anyone with my boxing skills. I know he is a great fighter with hype and a lot of people don’t want to face him – but I do.
Maldonado (18-5) owns 12 knockout victories to his own credit, and added, “I know how to hurt people. My strategy is to exchange punches and see who is the toughest. I will defeat him.”