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UFC 142: Visa issues force Stanislav Nedkov to withdraw from Fabio Maldonado fight

Fabio Maldonado has been stood up by Stanislav Nedkov for their UFC 142 date inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Jan. 14, 2012, after Visa issues forced the Bulgarian brawler off the South American fight card.

Tatame.com was the bearer of bad news earlier today.

Nedkov was fresh off a first round technical knockout of Luiz Cane at UFC 134 in his Octagon debut, extending his professional win streak to 12. He's a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but has also showed solid power, finishing half of his opponents via strikes.

When and where he gets to next demonstrate his ostentatious offense, remains to be seen.

UFC 142 will feature featherweight champion Jose Aldo, defending his 145-pound title against undefeated wrestler Chad Mendes. In addition, Vitor Belfort will strap on the gloves to try and ruin Anthony Johnson's debut at middleweight.

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