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Report: Fabio Maldonado released from UFC after 1-3 stretch

Veteran light heavyweight slugger Fabio Maldonado is reportedly out of the UFC following his decision loss to Corey Anderson last month.

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In April of this year, Fabio Maldonado was in the co-main event of UFC 186 against Rampage Jackson. Now it looks like the Brazilian won't be part of the UFC's roster in 2016. A source close to BloodyElbow.com says that Maldonado has been released from the promotion following his unanimous decision loss to Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo on November 7th. This follows an initial report from MMA Mais that Maldonado's manager confirmed the cut.

Maldonado (22-9) debuted in the UFC in 2010, stopping TUF 10's James McSweeney at UFC 120. Controversial decision losses to Kyle Kingsbury and Igor Pokrajac ensued, and he dropped a 3rd fight in a row via doctor's stoppage TKO against Glover Teixeira at UFC 153. Despite the losing streak, he stayed with the UFC, then rattled off 3 straight wins over Roger Hollett, Joey Beltran, and Gian Villante. His iron-jaw was finally cracked when he moved up to heavyweight (as a last minute fill-in for an injured Junior dos Santos) and was finished in 35 seconds against Stipe Miocic. While he bounced back with a TKO finish of Hans Stringer at UFC 179, he suffered back-to-back defeats this year to Rampage and the aforementioned Anderson.

The 35-year-old was best known for his penchant for body shots in his boxing, inhuman ability to take punishment, and stepping up to fight the likes of contenders Teixeira and Miocic on short notice. He earned FOTN honors against Kingsbury, as well as a performance bonus for his win against Stringer.

Today's report follows last week's news of Vaughan Lee, Hugo Viana, and Alan Omer getting cut, so as the new year approaches, we could see a few more fighters off the roster.