Aaron Rosa is headed back to 205 pounds against Fabio Maldonado.
| Photo: Dave Mandel
Rosa will make the cut to light heavyweight for his first
Octagon appearance at 205 pounds, as the Texan will square off with
Maldonado at UFC
Headlined by a bantamweight title tilt pitting champion Dominick
Cruz against AMC Pankration product Demetrious
Johnson, UFC Live 6 goes down Oct. 1 from the Verizon Center in
Also featuring a heavyweight showdown featuring stout kickboxer
Barry taking on towering Dutchman Stefan
Struve, the event's main draw airs live on cable network
Versus. Promotion officials announced the Rosa-Maldonado matchup on
Rosa had won four consecutive bouts before making his Octagon debut
at UFC 131, where he was knocked out by Joey
Beltran in a back-and-forth brawl on June 11.
Prior to his appearance in the UFC, “Big Red” competed for both
Strikeforce and the now-defunct EliteXC promotion. More recently,
Rosa fought for Bellator, Shark Fights and Titan Fighting
Championship, notching victories in all three promotions.
Maldonado, 31, recently had an 11-fight winning streak snapped when
he was outpointed by Kyle
Kingsbury at “The Ultimate Fighter 13” Finale on June 4.
The hard-fought loss served to even the Brazilian's Octagon record
to 1-1, as he was victorious in his October UFC debut in London.
Maldonado battered hometown favorite James
McSweeney in that contest, knocking the Brit out early in the
third round of their UFC 120 bout.