When Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lost Junior dos Santos to a hand injury, it called upon light heavyweight hurter Fabio Maldonado for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 3" Finale on May 31, 2014, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for a headlining spot opposite heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic.
Maldonado promised a "bloodbath."
Instead, he was looking up at the lights in less than a minute, clearly unprepared to deal with punches from a much larger opponent (watch the replay here). While the onus falls on the promotion for its haste in pairing these two together, Maldonado still left the FOX Sports 1 broadcast feeling "embarrassed."
Fabio Maldonado, via the UFC: "I am really embarrassed, I have never lost a fight like this before."— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) June 1, 2014
Nothing to be embarrassed about.
Last night's display of one-sidedness was a reminder that we have weight classes for a reason. Losing to a heavyweight may show up on the stat sheet, but it doesn't hurt his momentum in the 205-pound division. By that same token, Miocic gains very little for knocking around a smaller guy.
But they came, they saw, they got paid.
For complete results and play-by-play for TUF: "Brazil 3" Finale check out our live discussion thread here. Reactions, highlights, videos and more can be found in our "Miocic vs. Maldonado" live story stream by clicking here.