Fabio Maldonado Draws Caio Magalhaes as New Opponent for UFC 142

UFC newcomer, Caio Magalhaes: Photo by Junior Samurai for GracieMag.com

Light heavyweight, Stanislav Nedkov, was one of the several fighters to drop off January's UFC 142 card last week, although Nedkov was dealing with a visa issue, and not an injury. Now, the UFC has wrangled up a replacement for him to square off with boxing specialist, Fabio Maldonado, and will be a fellow Brazilian and Nova Uniao representative, Caio Magalhaes. The UFC's Brazil office tweeted the news yesterday:

UFC Brasil
Oficializando: enfrenta o estreante Caio Magalhães no - típico duelo Striker vs. Grappler no Octógono.

There is a significant gap in experience between Maldonado with his 22 career MMA fights, and an additional 22 pro boxing matches, and Magalhaes, with only 5 pro MMA fights to his name. Regardless, Magalhaes brings some skill to the Octagon with a black belt in BJJ and the benefit of training with some of the best fighters in Brazil at Nova Uniao.

Fabio Maldonado (18-4)
L Kyle Kingsbury (split decision) - TUF 13 Finale
W James McSweeney (TKO) - UFC 120
W Nelson Martins (KO) - First Class Fight 4
Caio "Hellboy" Magalhaes (5-0)
W Ismael de Jesus (split decision) - Shooto Brazil 27
W Messias Pai de Santo (submission - RNC) - Amazon Fight 7
W Otavio Lacerda (TKO) - Amazon Fight 5

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