Maldonado to take on Miocic

Brett Okamoto
May 7, 2014
Fabio Maldonado (left) has replaced Junior dos Santos at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Finale © Getty Images

UFC light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado has agreed to a short-notice heavyweight bout against Stipe Miocic later this month.

The bout will headline The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, UFC officials have confirmed.

Maldonado (21-6) replaces former UFC champion Junior dos Santos, who was forced to withdraw from the bout earlier this week due to a hand injury. The Brazilian is 4-3 all time in the UFC. All seven fights have been at 205 pounds.

A former professional boxer, Maldonado is currently riding a three-fight win streak. The 34-year-old is coming off a unanimous decision over Gian Villante in March.

Miocic (11-1) will look to build on back-to-back decision wins over veterans Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga. Fighting out of Euclid, Ohio, Miocic, 31, is the No.5-ranked heavyweight in the world, according to ESPN.com.

Brett Okamoto is an MMA columnist for ESPN.com

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