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UFC 153: 5 Fights for Fabio Maldonado to Take Next

Andrew SaundersCorrespondent IINovember 1, 2016

UFC 153: 5 Fights for Fabio Maldonado to Take Next

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    Fabio Maldonado might just be the Terminator. You can batter him with punches, smash him with elbows or dip him into a pool of any lava-hot fluid you want*, but he is going to keep coming at you.

    For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. With light heavyweight monster Glover Teixeira showing the world how much damage he can cause, Maldonado might have absorbed more damage than any human who has ever remained conscious.

    This display of toughness was incredible and should earn Maldonado another fight in the UFC despite his current three-fight losing streak. 

    Here is a look at five fights for Fabio Maldonado to take next.

    * This claim has not been approved by the United States Department of Health. Please do not dip Fabio Maldonado in a pool of lava-hot fluid.

Ryan Jimmo

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    Sporting a seven-second knockout in his promotional debut, Ryan Jimmo is in an enviable position. The win over Anthony Perosh extends Jimmo's winning-streak to 17, although that statistic is skewed.

    Jimmo was gifted a controversial decision against Sokoudjou last October, which should have shut down his momentum, and he also lost to Antwain Britt during the preliminary round of The Ultimate Fighter's eighth season.

    Regardless of momentum, Jimmo is a second-degree black belt in Shito-ryu karate, which should make for an interesting stylistic matchup against the boxer.

Stephan Bonnar

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    The likes of Rampage Jackson, Anderson Silva and Alexander Gustafsson are simply too good at what they do for Bonnar to be competitive. Fabio Maldonado is the caliber of fighter that Stephan Bonnar should be facing. 

    If Bonnar truly wants an exciting brawl against someone who is willing to stand and bang, this is the best option in the light heavyweight division.

    That being said, Maldonado hasn't earned a fight of this magnitude with his UFC record, and Bonnar is owed a favor after accepting the fight with Anderson Silva on short notice.

Chad Griggs/Cyrille Diabate

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    Standing at 6'6" and possessing an 81.5" reach, Cyrille Diabate is one of the longest fighters in the sport. That length benefits The Snake in his muay thai attacks, as they have earned him eight knockout wins in his career.

    Chad Griggs is a brawler who surprised many in Strikeforce by knocking out Bobby Lashley and two others in as many fights with the organization.

    Regardless of who wins the UFC 154 encounter between these two strikers, put him against the Brazilian for a recipe that guarantees a fun fight.

Wagner Prado

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    Maldonado was not the only light heavyweight who was dominated by a betting favorite last night. Wagner Prado met the wrath of Phil Davis in a main-card fight, and it was enough to send the Brazilian to the bottom of the light heavyweight heap.

    Prado was 8-0 before he met Phil Davis, and seven of those victories came by way of knockout or TKO. Would the muay thai fighter be able to outstrike the professional boxer?

Roger Hollett

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    OK, I lied. Wagner Prado is not at the bottom of the UFC's light heavyweight division. Roger Hollett is.

    After one round with Matt Hamill, late replacement Hollett was gassed and unable to put out any sort of offense. However, he prefers the standup game and would welcome a striking encounter with Maldonado.

    If this isn't the fight to get Maldonado back into the win column, I don't know what is.

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