Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado
Round 1: Teixeira opens with a crisp combination that hurts Maldonado. He keeps coming, lands another combination that puts Maldonado on the mat. Teixeira follows him down, takes full mount and starts dropping punches and huge elbows. Maldonado is trying to defend, but Teixeira keeps finding openings and dropping really heavy elbows. Teixeira jackhammers Maldonado with right hands to the face and then drops more crushing elbows to the face, unleashing a barrage of strikes. Teixeira locks up an arm triangle and slips off to the side. Maldonado doesn’t go out, so Teixeira moves back into full mount, bludgeoning Maldonado’s face with punches and elbows. Maldonado somehow gets out and to his feet, but he’s staggering around the cage, Teixeira taking target practice on a hapless Malonado. Maldonado is punching on instinct, and manages to connect with one good shot, but he doesn’t look like he knows where he’s at. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-7 for Teixeira.
Round 2: Teixeira immediately takes Maldonado to the mat and starts working for Maldonado’s back, doesn’t immediately get it, so he allows Maldonado to stand. Maldonado getting off some good jabs, but Teixeira takes him down again. He takes full back mount before Maldonado turns to his back, leaving Teixeira in full mount, again dropping some heavy elbows. Teixeira moves to side control, but Maldonado secures half guard. Teixeira lands some hammerfists and more elbows to Maldonado’s decimated face. Maldonado is full of heart, not giving up, maintaining his half guard. Teixeira’s pace slows, so Mario Yamasaki stands them up to have the doctor check Maldonado’s face. The doctor checks him closely, but doesn’t stop the fight. They start up again, Maldonado showing some good head movement, but Teixeira is still finding a home for his punches, staggering Maldonado across the cage. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Teixeira.
Maldonado, with the heart of a giant, protests heavily, but the doctor stops the fight in between rounds two and three.
Glover Teixeira def. Fabio Maldonado by TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) at 5:00, R2