Three consecutive losses?
The UFC's head honcho assured everyone at the UFC 153 post-fight press conference the Team Nogueira veteran would not be handed his pink slip after his loss to Glover Teixeira this past weekend (Oct., 13, 2012) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
"If we cut that guy, we deserve to be beat with a stick. No, he won't be cut."
Maldonado showed how much heart he possesses while proving he indeed can take a licking and keep on ticking by absorbing all the punishment Glover dished his way for 10 minutes, battering and bruising Fabio from the opening bell.
However, despite being outstruck by a landslide in the first round, Maldonado connected one clean left hook to the chin of Glover, putting him on wobbly legs for a brief second, but failed to capitalize and allowed Teixeira to recover.
In the end, the cageside physician felt Maldonado had taken enough of a beating, putting an end to the fight at the end of round two, not allowing Fabio to answer the bell for the final round.
In his post-fight victory speech, Glover praised his opponents endurance, claiming Fabio was 'not human.'
"Brazilian Zombie," anyone? No? Yes?
Prior to the bout, Maldonado claimed he would be willing to spill blood in order to prevent a Teixeira fight against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. He spilled plenty of bodily fluids, but failed to get the win. But, his bruised-up face and what I can only imagine is a tremendous headache, is more than enough proof he tried his best to back his claim.
His will to continue despite taking a good old-fashioned beatdown and accepting the bout on short-notice, was more than enough, in Dana's eyes, to secure Maldonado at least one more fight with the promotion.
Who do you want to see him fight next?