Fabio Maldonado Calls Out Chael Sonnen and James Te Huna At UFC Fight Night 29
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.10.2013
After a win over Joey Beltran...
MMA Junkie reports that after a split decision win over Joey Beltran (14-9 MMA, 4-6 UFC) (which he managed to train for in spite of a knee injury), Fabio Maldonado (20-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) called out both Chael Sonnen and James Te Huna. The fight took place last night on Fox Sports 1 from the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
He wrote on social media: "Of course, it's serious. I would love to fight Chael Sonnen. I would like to fight James Te Huna. James is a great striker, and Chael, a lot of people think he would kill my game, that he would tie me up. But I'm very well-trained. It's hard for you to see my jiu-jitsu, but I can turn it around. I would do well against James, as well."
Sonnen is set to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 167 next month in Las Vegas. Te Huna will fight Mauricio "Shogun "Rua at UFC Fight Night 33.
The score cards on Maldonado's fight were 28-29, 29-28 and 29-28, with two judges giving the win to the Brazilian. He criticized the judges on not giving him a unanimous decision.
He said: "I don't know what the judges think. Sometimes if someone holds someone on the cage and you're dominating, or you take someone's back, someone's getting beat up, just like I did against Beltran. But when he held me against the cage, I can stay there all day. I don't know where they think I lost a round. I don't know if their judges are from wrestling. I've been a referee in Brazil in boxing and in MMA also, and I would always let the fight go. MMA is a mix of everything. That's what goes."
He also said he invited Beltran to press him against the cage to "play with the judges."
He added: "I was just trying to tell him that I can have my back against the cage and still knock him out. And I feel like in the center in the octagon, I was in a better position. I could sprawl better. But I expected him to move forward more. I've watched his fights, and I've seen him be more aggressive. I wanted to be more aggressive so I could counter him. Maybe I could have been more aggressive, but I think I did better than my last fight. I told him let's fight again. I told him if he feels there's anything we need to resolve, I would like to fight again. I think it was a style that matched."