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Despite Loss, Fabio Maldonado Not Leaving UFC

Fabio Maldonado accepted a fight that many others turned down, agreeing to face Glover Teixeira Saturday night at UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar. While Maldonado was defeated – his third straight loss inside the Octagon – he will not be placed on the chopping block.

“If we cut that guy, we deserve to be beat with a stick,” said UFC president Dana White during the post-fight press conference. “He won’t be cut.”

Maldonado withstood severe punishment from Teixeira, as his face was a bloody and bruised mess by the time the second round ended. The Octagon-side doctor stepped in and called the fight, as Maldonado protested the stoppage.

Teixeira landed 117 strikes to just 14 by Maldonado, but Maldonado did hurt Teixeira with a big hook early in the bout.