For a guy who's lost 3 out of his 5 UFC bouts, Fabio Maldonado has built a surprisingly ardent fan base with the world's largest MMA promotion. This Wednesday he faces Joey Beltran at UFC Fight Night 29: Maia vs. Shields in what seems to be a calculated attempt to put two sluggers in the cage together and have a wild, crowd-pleasing fists-to-the-face fest.
"My fights are always very exciting, especially because my best quality is boxing," Maldonado said. "I have noticed with every fight my fans have increased, which makes me very happy and inspires me even more to put on a show in the Octagon. That will certainly be the case against Joey Beltran.
"Joey Beltran invited me to this fight," Maldonado said. "I don't know what his game will be, but I will give 110% in my performance and will hurt and knock out Joey Beltran. I have great respect for Joey Beltran but I enter the Octagon to get the job done and win. Certainly in this fight Beltran will confront Fabio Maldonado like no other fighter has before.
"It makes me very happy to see the love from the fans. It motivates me even more to put on a great show and leave with Fight of the Night. Fans can expect to see a great fight. I am more prepared for this bout than ever before."
Maldonado is a -150 favorite against Beltran.