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Maldonado says he doesn't get punched when training; wants to fight in his 40's

Known for taking a lot of punishment during his fights, Fabio Maldonado says he knows how to preserve himself while training and takes inspiration from Rocky Balboa.

Fabio Maldonado
Fabio Maldonado
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It's hard to think of a Fabio Maldonado fight that does not involve blood, aggression and a lot of body shots. Though the Brazilian slugger is known for relying on his solid chin in order to put his hands to work, he revealed to MMA Fighting on UFC 186's media day that when he trains, it's a whole different story.

"I want a bloody fight. That won't make my career shorter. I don't get punched when I train.  I'm very experienced at boxing and know I'm back with Mike Rhodes, my boxing coach since 2003. We know how to train and preserve our heads.

I don't get too punished while training.  Sometimes people train too much and then lose their chins when sparring.  I still want to be fighting when I'm 40 and with a good chin. I love to fight like this because I watched the Rocky Balboa movies when I was a kid and I wanted to be him when I was 10," said the 35-year-old.

Fabio Maldonado will square off against Quinton Jackson on the co-main event of UFC 186, in Montreal, on April 25. The card will be headlined by flyweights Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi.

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