Maldonado promises to stand with Valentijn Overeem

Maldonado at Bitetti Combat 5. Photo: Carlos Ozorio

Heavyweight Fábio Maldonado returns to the Bitetti Combat cage in Brasilia, the coming 25th. The fighter from Sorocaba has the mission of securing his first win of the season against Holland’s Valentijn Overeem. At the last installment of the event, held in Barueri, on December 12, Fabio overcame Fernando Tressino by knockout and intends to repeat the good performance in the nation’s capital.

With just over two months between one fight and another, the athlete boxing specialist is investing heavily in his ground-fighting preparations on his home soil of Florianópolis (SC). “I’ve been training Jiu-Jitsu here in Florianopolis for the last ten days to be ready should the fight go to the ground.” For him, the shortage of time is no problem. “This is enough time to train and be all set to go.”

When he fought at the Bitetti Combat show in Barueri, São Paulo, Fabio had an injured hand, which was an impediment to his boxing, his specialty. “I tried not to use too much boxing in the fight against Tressino. I’m still not 100% but I hope to get better this week. My boxing should be smoother. Either way, I will try to take the fight standing, “he said.

On his opponent, the Brazilian states that the Dutchman is a good fighter, but does not bow before him and shows that has done his homework.

“Despite having submitted two good fighters, he’s not very strong finisher. I’m ready, “he said.

Tickets can be purchased through the Ingresso Rapido website or at Bad Boy shops around Brasilia.

Check out the card:

Bitetti Combat 6
Nilson Nelson, Brasilia, Brazil
February 25, 2010

Paulo Filho vs Yuki Sasaki
Glover Teixeira vs Jeff Monson
Fabio Maldonado vs Valentijn Overeem
Cristiano Marcello vs Emiliano Cobra Vatt
Ediene “India” Gomes vs Amanda Nunes
Luiz Firmino “Buscapé” vs Francisco Drinaldo “Massaranduba”
Danillo “Indio” Villefort vs Cassiano Tytschyo
Yuri Villefort vs Julio Cesar Merenda
Leandro Batata vs Johnny “Little” Eduardo
Felipe Atinelli “Mongo” vs Opponent to defined

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