"I don't remember a fighter that has gone down a weight class and done well. Let's see how Frankie Edgar does as a featherweight, but he won't lose almost at any weight. The reverse happens with guys who go up. Overeem went up to the heavyweight division, for example. The body has a limit. It was not even because we are friends [turning down fight against Wagner Prado], but because I had only two weeks to prepare. We're friends, and it's always better not fight just to fight. But if later on, if it's for a title, would have no problem." - Fabio Maldonado via Sportv
Former undefeated professional boxer and UFC fan favorite, Fabio Maldonado, explains why he ultimately decided not to drop down to the middleweight division after some deliberation.
Following his one-sided loss to Glover Teixeria at UFC 153 via doctor stoppage, Maldonado's manager Alex Davis revealed that the former boxer was contemplating a drop to the middleweight division where he'd no longer be competing undersized.
However, after discussing the matter at length with his Black House team, Maldonado has decided to continue competing in the stacked UFC light-heavyweight division.
Facing possible termination from the UFC if he loses again, Maldonado probably won't be taking any short notice fights as he did in his last outing, and will be fully prepared for his next bout.