UFC Fight Night 29 Results: Fabio Maldonado Edges Out Joey Beltran in Split Decision Victory


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Fabio-Maldonado-UFC-120_001Fabio Maldonado extended his winning streak to two fights with a split decision victory over “The Mexicutioner” Joey Beltran, who was returning from a nine-month suspension, at UFC Fight Night 29 from Barueri, Brazil, on Wednesday night.

Beltran, whose win over Ivor Pokrajac was declared a no contest in December 2012 after testing positive for nandrolone, controlled the opening round on the front foot. With Maldonado backed against the cage, Beltran mixed up his shots with the Brazilian trying to work the body of Beltran from the clinch. Beltran landed a takedown in the final seconds of the round and a flurry of punches off the break.

Maldonado employed the jabbing and moving tactics to start round two, frequently changing levels. Maldonado landed a big uppercut off the cage before Beltran landed three big elbows followed by a knee to the body of the home country fighter. Maldonado turned it on late in round as Beltran began to tire with the Brazilian utilizing his boxing to great effect.

The fight seemed to be in the balance as they entered the final frame and Beltran had Maldonado backed against cage, but they both were separated after a spell of inactivity. Beltran started to let his hands go and was successful in backing Maldonado up. Maldonado, however, started working the body shots and caught Beltran with a low blow. On the restart, Beltran backed Maldonado against the cage and got the takedown landing ground strikes to the final bell.

While it seemed that Beltran might be awarded the win, the judges scored it a split decision in the Brazilian’s favor (29-28 Beltran, 29-28 Maldonado, 29-28 Maldonado).

“I don’t think I came as close as I wanted to finishing the fight, but I do feel a lot better than in my last fight,” Maldonado said. “I don’t know how one of the judges gave it to Beltran.”

view original article >>

Related News

  • 16 days ago
  • 29 views

ATLANTIC CITY – Gleison Tibau had to know he was in for a full night of work against a career grinder like Pat Healy, and he evidently came prepared.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 17 views

A blazing flyweight battle was booked to blow the doors off at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland, today (Sat., July 19, 2014) on the main card of the UFC Fight Night 46: "McGregor vs. Brandao" event, as Brad Pickett looked to blossom in his new life at 125-pounds against former division title contender Ian McCall. It might be time to halt all that talk of "One Punch" being a threat in his new weight class after this decision loss. The first round was about speed and timing. McCall avoided most of Picket read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 72 views

Brad Pickett and Ian McCall finally settled their score inside the Octagon, with a title shot possibly at stake in the flyweight division. A tense flyweight fight between Brad Pickett and Ian McCall at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao in Dublin, Ireland ended with McCall picking up the important win that could be enough to see him in the front of the line in the list of contenders. In the first round, Pickett pursued the takedowns early but McCall stopped them all. On the feet, McCall avoid read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 33 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 43 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 51 views

Hey look, some news about UFC drug testing ... that isn't bad. UFC Fight Night 43 drug test results are in from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which today (July 9, 2014) confirmed that select mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters tested for illegal/banned substances following the "Te Huna vs. Marquardt" fight card last month in New Zealand have all passed with flying colors. Results from those battery of tests, which include performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) such as steroids and drugs of abu read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 81 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to FOX Sports 1 this Wednesday (July 16, 2014) with UFC Fight Night 45: "Cerrone vs. Miller" from Revel Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ. Get complete, official results, live updates and real-time coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. ET on fight night below. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back in action this Wednesday night (July 16, 2014) with a FOX Sports 1-televised main card that features an important lightweight main event between top division con read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 61 views

Check out Bloody Elbow's full coverage of UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller from Atlantic City, New Jersey. I hope you're geared up for what promises to be a highly entertaining night of fights next Wednesday in Atlantic City at the Revel Casino. Lightweights Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller comprise a surefire thriller of a main event, while Edson Barboza and Evan Dunham take part in a surefire thriller of a co-main event. This card also features the return of John Lineker against Alp Ozkilic, b read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 90 views

Bloody Elbow is the place to be to watch the UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller weigh-ins, which kick off at 4pm ET/1pm PT on Tuesday. read news >>