MMAFrenzy’s coverage of UFC Fight Night 29 continues with our recap of tonight’s third main card bout between light heavyweights Fabio Maldonado and Joey Beltran. In what was expected to be a firefight, Maldonado would defeat Beltran by a narrow split decision.
Maldonado Edges Beltran
It was not pretty, but Fabio Maldonado picked up a victory tonight in Brazil over Joey Beltran. The two went back and forth over the course of three rounds with each fighter tagging the other multiple times during the fight. In the end, it would be the Brazilian that would get the nod tonight. Maldonado has now won two straight fights, while Beltran falls to 0-2 (1 NC) in his last three.
Rd. 1- Beltran more active early but not doing anything substantial yet. Jab by Maldonado. Beltran with a single leg attack but Maldonado defends well. Beltran starts punching and lands two to the groin and Mario Yamasaki stops it for a moment. Nice combo by Beltran as he goes into a takedown. Maldonado defends it and reverses the clinch. Body shots by Maldonado but a big pair of knees from Beltran out of the thai plum. Big combo by Beltran. Nice elbow by Beltran. Uppercuts by Maldonado in the clinch. Beltran misses a big shot and eats a hard counter from Maldonado. Short uppercuts are landing by Maldonado to Beltrans chin but the judges are likely missing them. Takedown by Beltran but Maldonado stands while eating several punches. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Beltran.
Rd. 2- Jabs by Beltran early. Finally some head movement from Maldonado. Maldonado doubles up on the jab and circles away from the cage. Body shot and legkick by Beltran. Beltran clinches but eats several combos from Maldonado which causes him to lose control in the clinch. Body shots by Beltran now. Big shot by Maldonado and he backs off Beltran. Maldonado waves Beltran back to the cage and Beltran clinches after an exchange. Big elbow by Beltran before he goes for another single. Brief stoppage to replace Maldonado’s mouth piece. Beltran looks like he got poked but waves the fight on. Both are swinging now as Maldonado finds his range. Beltran telegraphs a takedown and Maldonado easily stuffs it. Dirty boxing and uppercuts by Maldonado in the final minute. Maldonado has found his range and Beltran is visibly winded. Beltran and Maldonado swing it out until right before the horn MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Maldonado (19-19).
Rd. 3- Combos by Maldonado to start the round but Beltran with a big shot of his own. Big right by Maldonado stuffs a takedown by Beltran. Beltran in on a single now. Yamasaki splits them up as the action stalls. Both are exchanging now and Beltran with a big right. Beltran clinches and lands some uppercuts on the inside. Maldonado with hard body shots but one drops below the belt and we have a brief stoppage. Both men are bloodied and Beltran’s left eye is damaged. Big right by Maldonado. Big combo by Beltran and he snaps to a front headlock and against backside control. Knees to the body and arms by Beltran. Maldonado is eating big punches as the fight ends. MMAFrenzy has it 29-28 Beltran.
Fabio Maldonado def. Joey Beltran via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)