Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE
A light heavyweight collision is set for the UFC's next fight card in Brazil as Fabio Maldonado will compete on home soil against Roger Hollett at UFC on FX 8: "Belfort vs. Rockhold" this May.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) next fight card in the country of Brazil is nearly complete with the addition of a light heavyweight bout between Fabio Maldonado and Roget Hollett will go down at UFC on FX 8, scheduled for May 18, 2013, at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Both fighters will be looking to get back in the win column after suffering decisively losses in their last bouts, respectively.
Brazilian news outlet TATAME first reported news of the match up; however, UFC officials have yet to confirm the 205-pound contest.
Maldonado (18-6) is down on his luck as of late, having lost three consecutive bouts under the UFC banner. It's unusual a fighter in presented with another fight after losing three-straight in the UFC; however, Maldonado's ability to take a tremendous amount of punishment and take part in exciting fights bought him at least one more fight.
The Brazilian is 1-3 overall in the UFC and has not won a mixed martial arts (MMA) bout since October 2010.
Hollett (13-4) has not fought since an underwhelming performance against Matt Hamill in his Octagon debut last September. It was the Canadian's first defeat since 2009 and dropped his record in the UFC to 0-1.
Maldonado vs. Hollett will likely take place on the preliminary portion of the UFC on FX 8 fight card, which will air on Facebook and FUEL TV. The main card airs on FX.
UFC on FX 8: "Belfort vs. Rockhold" goes down May 18, 2013, at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil. The event headliner will see Vitor Belfort welcome Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold to the organization in a five-round contest. Also on the undercard, Constantinos Philippou and Ronaldo Souza have agreed to tangle.