It was announced from USA TODAY Sports that a 205lb bout between Glover Teixeira and Fabio Maldonado would be featured as the new co-main event for UFC 153. Glover Teixeira was originally scheduled to face Quinton Rampage Jackson, but Rampage was forced to withdraw due to an injury.
This didn’t bode well for the UFC as it was the second injury to the main card, which also had current featherweight champion Jose Aldo withdraw as well due to an injury. Thankfully an opponent stepped up and that man is veteran Fabio Maldonado. This will be Maldonado’s biggest test to date, and he will need the performance of his career if he wants to upset the dangerous striker in Glover Teixeira.
Glover is on an incredible 16 fight win streak, which is unheard of in today’s elite mma competition. He is coming off an impressive arm-triangle submission victory over Kyle Kingsbury, which was his first UFC appearance. He will be looking to keep his streak alive at UFC 153. Glover has some of the best hands in the division, and he is also very competent in jiu jitsu.
Maldonado is currently on a two fight win streak, and he will need to mix up his attack in order to score the upset. His style is very similar to Teixeira’s style. He likes to keep the fight standing, but also has a brown belt in jiu jistu. He is 22-0 in his boxing career, which certainly makes him one of the more experienced fighters in the stand up realm of mixed martial arts.
This bout should be an exciting stand up war from start to finish, and the winner is one step closer at challenging for the UFC light heavyweight championship.