For those of you who haven't seen it already, Glover Teixeira demolished Fabio Maldonado in a pretty predictable match at UFC 153. Maldonado's hard head and terrible boxing technique were on full display, as was Glover Teixeira's one note, right hand led attack. Neither man had the ability to adapt his game to deal with his opponent's, and so this match was simply two bulls butting heads until one fell. That said, even bulls look to cut and angle and gore their rival's flank - these two just plodded forward time and again.
Today we'll examine the holes in both men's one dimensional striking games.
No matter how much you've been told about Fabio Maldonado's boxing - it's pretty atrocious. He is touted as having a 22 - 0 professional boxing record with 21 KOs but the truth is that were any of these wins over even semi-credible opposition he would be making a great deal more money in boxing than a mid card UFC fighter does. Some highlights from Fabio Maldonado's boxing record (which is here for your enjoyment):
- Only his last 2 opponents had as many wins as they had losses.
- In his 20th match he fought someone in their professional debut, in his 19th he fought a boxer who was 1 - 14.
- When he was 18 - 0 he fought for the vacated Sao Paulo State Title against a fighter who was 0 - 1!
- The last boxer Maldonado fought was 19 - 18 but on an 8 fight losing streak. All but one of those losses came by knockout.