Brazilian finisher Fabio Maldonado has been pulled from a scheduled match-up with Aaron Rosa at UFC Live 6 after suffering an undisclosed injury while training for the fight. Though the event is planned for October 1 the UFC is still seeking a replacement for Maldonado meaning Rosa will remain on the card.
The UFC revealed the light heavyweight’s withdrawal earlier today through Twitter.
The 31-year old is 1-1 in the UFC with a TKO victory over James McSweeney and a competitive decision defeat to Kyle Kingsbury this past June in a “Fight of the Night” winning bout. He is 18-4 with twelve TKOs and three submissions while never himself having suffered a strike-based stoppage.
Rosa, a favorite of hardcore fans appreciating his rock-em-sock-em style, made his Octagon debut at UFC 131 though in a losing effort against Joey Beltran. The 6’3” Texan had planned to cut to 205-pounds for the fight with Maldonado though only time – and a replacement for Maldonado – will tell if t hat will still be the case in a few weeks.
UFC Live 6 is headlined by bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz defending his belt against human sparkplug Demetrious Johnson as well as fights such as Stefan Struve vs. Pat Barry, Charlie Brenneman vs. Anthony Johnson, and Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo.
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MMATraining Take: Not a crippling blow to the card by any means though I guarantee Maldonado vs. Rosa would have been a blast for people catching the prelims. It might have even netted him his second straight FotN award. Maldonado is not only a tough guy, as exhibited in his bout with Kingsbury, but packs a lot of power in his gloves too, so hopefully he’ll heal up nicely and be back in the cage sooner than later.