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Fabio Maldonado Said That Less Preparation Was Key to UFC Fight Night 38 Victory
Posted by Larry Csonka on 03.24.2014

- Fabio Maldonado spoke about his UFC Fight Night 38 victory. Here are the highlights…

On His Fight Preparation: "I started the first round, and it's like I didn't even know I was fighting," Maldonado said in his native Portuguese. He had two takedowns, and I felt his strength. He's very strong. This was the fight I did the least physical preparation for in my career. If you do too much, you can be overtrained, so I did less of it. I knew that my thing is striking. That's where I needed to solve this puzzle."

On Ground Fighting: "On the ground, he was just holding me," Maldonado said. "He was just containing me. He knew when he would try to knock me out or finish, it would open an opportunity for me to do the same. But he didn't do that, so he stalled the fight a little bit. Then, if you make me bleed, that won't work for you."

His Thoughts on Villante: "Just to be able to shake a person's hand and look them in the eye, you can know a lot about a person," Maldonado said. "I was very happy. I'm going to try and always put on fights as amazing as this one. I actually want to thank him because I never shake anyone's hand between rounds because to me, that's a war. But I felt like he wanted to help me get up after the first round, and I would never do what he did. I'm like, ‘Spend more energy there. Try to get up on your own.' And he helped me out. But I wasn't angry. I just think he needs a little more experience."

On Finishing Fights: "I want to go back to finishing fights," Maldonado said. "I need to hit a little more. I want to go back to working on my wrestling. I think there, I'm going to get better wrestling than in Brazil – not that here is bad, but to be honest about the U.S., the wrestling practices are better, so I'm going there to perfect my wrestling and my boxing."

Credit: MMAjunkie.com


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