Fabio Maldonado has no intention of sugarcoating facts - his performance last Saturday was "horrible."
The Brazilian light-heavyweight stepped up on short notice to take a heavyweight fight against Ohio-native Stipe Miocic, after Junior dos Santos got injured and was forced to withdraw from the original main event match-up. While Fabio's decision to move up in weight to face a formidable opponent is commendable, he is unable to make excuses for his performance come fight night.
"That was the worst result possible. I lost in the worst way possible. Horrible. Horrible performance," Maldonado told MMAFighting.com's Guilherme Cruz. "I have no excuses. If I got tired after four or five rounds, I could blame the fact that I only trained two weeks for this fight, but that was not the case. It couldn't have been worse."
Maldonado revealed that his first round TKO loss was no one's fault but his own, as he should have listened to his cornermen, who were adamant that Miocic would be willing to strike with Maldonado.
"I should have listened to my corners better," he said. "They said ‘(Miocic) traded punches with Roy Nelson, he will trade punches with you,' but I don't know what I was thinking. I have no excuses. Miocic landed one right hand that caught me, and it was really hard.
"I wanted to catch him in the beginning of the fight, but I should have fought more patiently."
Maldonado was riding a three-fight winning streak prior to his loss to Miocic.