Fabio Maldonado is looking forward to an all-out "bloodbath" on Saturday night, and has no reservations over whose blood is spilled.
The Brazilian 205lb. fighter is scheduled to face Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight match in the main event of the TUF: Brazil 3 Finale on Saturday night. He is a late replacement for Junior dos Santos, who broke his hand several weeks ago.
While Maldonado fights in a different weight class, he stated that he agreed to take the bout when he realized it would be a five-round fight. The Brazilian believes his cardio will make all the difference in the fight.
"I wouldn't take this fight if it wasn't a five-round fight," Maldonado told MMAFighting.com. "I love the fact that it's five rounds, even though he had more time than me to prepare. Anything can happen. I believe that five rounds is better for me. Let's see who has a better cardio."
"I'm going for a suicide. "I did this my whole life. I always got beat up and come back," he continued. "He's stronger than me and maybe he even surprises me standing, but I'm well trained and I'm going forward, you know that."
While Maldonado does not expect a title shot with a win over Miocic, he believes a victory over the heavyweight would warrant him a spot in the Top 10.
"My strategy is a bloodbath on Saturday night. I promise that from the bottom of my heart. If 80 percent of that blood is mine, I'm okay. I can't promise I'm going to win, but I can promise a war."
Transcription taken from MMAFighting.com.