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Fabio Maldonado Says He's Looking Forward to Being Called 'The Iron Hillbilly' at Fight Night 38
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.21.2014

Fabio Maldonado recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight this weekend against Gian Villante and more. Check out the highlights:

On being called the Iron Hillbilly: "It's my official nickname, but I still have to talk to my manager to make sure it's my official UFC nickname so Bruce Buffer will announce it."

On where it came about: "I actually got this nickname following the loss to Glover [Teixeira]. Even in defeat, you find good things, so that's what happened, and I think the nickname is actually pretty cool. It means I'm a very tough guy. Glover usually finishes people in one or two minutes, and I resisted it and took more punishment, and that's how it came about. Also, this is a quality of mine that I've been carrying forever. I've always been able to turn the tables in fights. I think in 14 or 15 fights, I was in a bad position, and then I was able to turn the table. So that characteristic of my game is the source of the nickname."

On his his style: "Honestly, I would rather win than just entertain. But I guess I always have to hurt and punish. Everybody knows my style. I want to strike. Of course I train jiu-jitsu, and I have a plan with my team. I know he might take me down and I might have to do the ground thing, but everybody knows I love to brawl. When you brawl, sometimes you take punishment, but that's alright. I mean, I'd rather not, but I enjoy it, too."

On Gian Villante claiming he will go toe-to-toe with him: "I think [Villante] doesn't mean it. I think when it comes time to fight, he's going to want to wrestle and take me down, but anything can happen in a fight. What happened with ‘Napao' and ‘Cro Cop' is proof that pretty much anything can happen. Let's see. I want to stand and brawl, but I think he's going to want to try and wrestle."


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