Besides what I imagine being a cacophony of massacred brain cells piling up, the other thing in Fabio Maldonado’s head might have been the thought; “Do I still have a job with the UFC after that loss against Glover Teixeira?” Rest assured my hard headed friend, yes you do. Dana White’s got you’re back, for now.
At the post UFC 153 fight conferences, White assured everyone that Maldonado still has a spot in the UFC.
“If we cut that guy, we deserve to be beat with a stick. No he won’t be cut.”
After three consecutive losses, it’s a wonder why Maldonado has a spot. His fight with Texiera ended with a beating for the ages. Funny; before the fight took place, Maldonado commented that he would spill blood. I don’t even want to get into the painful irony in that.
There are some out there who are condemning Maldonado’s performance last Saturday night. If I were to judge the fight based on technique, I would actually say both fighters under-performed. Maldonado was a punching bag with appendages. And while Teixeira displayed technique, he lacked an arsenal; still it worked.
Though Maldonado was completely dominated for the better half of the fight, he showed unbelievable heart and courage. Bone-crushing blow after bone-crushing blow and still Maldonado had the nagging persistence of the Energizer Bunny. By Round 2, the man was dead in the water, but some primal, animalistic drive would not allow him to yield.
These are the fighters that we love to watch. We love to see stories of courage, sacrifice, and dedication. We love to see fighter’s give it all in bleak situations and power through the fear and terror of those moments. Maldonado displayed that kind of valor; maybe this is reason enough to keep him in the league.