The Brazilian has agreed to move up to the UFC’s heavyweight division in order to make this bout a go.
The TUF Brazil 3 Finale event is set to take place on May 31 from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
News broke yesterday that former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos was injured and out of his scheduled bout. With little time left, the UFC opted to use the lighter replacement instead of canceling the bout all together.
Maldonado brings in a three-fight winning streak as a UFC light-heavyweight.