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Fabio Maldonado to Make UFC Debut at UFC 120



Team Nogueira's Fabio Maldonado is set to make his UFC debut at UFC 120 on Oct. 16 at the O2 Arena In London.

Maldonado is stepping in for Tom Blackledge in a light heavyweight bout against James McSweeney. Sherdog.com was first to report of the matchup and MMAFighting.com has since confirmed with sources close to the fight that bout agreements have been signed.

Maldonado is a 30-year-old out of Brazil who has been fighting in the Brazilian MMA circuit since 2000 and is currently riding a ten-fight win streak since December 2007. According to BoxRec, Maldonado is 22-0 in professional boxing bouts against sub-par competition.

McSweeney of London, England, arrived in the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter 10 television show. As a member of the UFC roster, McSweeney is 1-1. His last fight was a June loss to Travis Browne by first-round TKO. At UFC 120, McSweeney will make the drop to light heavyweight. McSweeney trains out of the Grudge Training Center with coach Trevor Wittman in WheatRidge, Colo.

Maldonado vs. McSweeney will take place on the preliminary portion of the card. UFC 120, headlined by Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama and Dan Hardy vs. Carlos Condit, airs on same-day, tape-delay on Spike TV in the U.S.