The first time I laid eyes on Fabio was in his UFC debut vs Kingsbury. I'm a fan of Kingsbury's product and looked for him to thrash Fabio, who isn't the most imposing figure. Man, what a fight. I was more impressed with Fabio, who damaged Kingsbury's face and body throughout the fight. Kingsbury did plenty of work, almost entirely in the clinch. He landed several massive knees that staggered Fabio. But the story of the fight was Fabio's pace, his punches always landing, Kingsbury cringing away from contact at all costs by the end. The judges didn't see it quite that way.
How would you describe Fabio and Igor's fight? I thought it unfolded in much the same way as the Kingsbury fight. Fabio's movement in the pocket was incredible. He ate shots. He was backed up several times, even staggered. But in each instance Fabio goes right back to his game. Weaving combinations together. With significant shots. His opponents wither under his attack for long stretches in each round.
So why is Fabio 0-2? The answer to this question is beyond me. His opponents acquitted themselves well, but neither won the fight. Yet, both took a decision from Fabio. I don't believe judging a fight is easy. But I do believe Fabio Maldanado brings a superior product to the table.
I don't want to see fighters like him turned into a smotherer, scared to death of a scorecard. His style is the definition of control. Hopefully Fabio grows from these losses.