Following his win over Gian Villante at UFC Fight Night 38, Fabio Maldonado campaigned for a crack at the nights main event winner: Dan Henderson.
Unfortunately for the Brazilian that fight was turned down by officials, “Hendo” is now rumoured to be taking on Daniel Cormier at UFC 175. But Maldonado isn’t fazed about not getting Henderson next; as he still has two other possible opponents in mind.
Speaking to Portal do Vale-Tudo the 34-year old said he would like to take on either Ovince St. Preux or Rafael Cavalcante in his next fight. “OSP” recently called out Maldonado over Twitter. In response, the undefeated former boxer said he would take that fight anytime, he even thinks St. Preux would be just as tough as facing Henderson:
“I asked to fight Dan Henderson with all respect because he is the man, it would be a dream for me. I think his style would be good for me.” Maldonado said. “But there are a lot of people wanting to fight me. There is Ovince St. Preux who challenged me on twitter. I would fight you anytime, Ovince. It would be a tough fight, maybe as tough as against Dan Henderson.”
St Preux fought most recently at UFC 171 submitting Nikita Krylov in under two minutes. Like Maldonado, “OSP” is currently on a hot streak, winning his last four fights. A match being set up between the two is a good possibility.
One other possibility which Maldonado touched up upon was a potential fight with former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Cavalcante:
“With Feijao I have a long history but I would fight him. But I would fight as my job. The situation has passed. He has his team, I have my team and I have to move on.”
The two Brazilians fell out when Cavalcante left Team Nogueira while on bad terms with the camp. Maldonado did say the whole issue is in the past but it does still seem like there is tension between the pair.
“Feijao” picked up his first win inside the Octagon in November, stopping Igor Pokrajac with knees and punches in the very first round. He was rumoured to be fighting Cormier next, but Henderson has appeared to have taken his place.
Who would you like to see the Brazilian slugger take on next, St. Preux or Cavalcante?