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Fabio Maldonado Earned a lot of Respect for Fighting Glover Teixeira

Fabio Maldonado earned the respect of MMA fans for his willingness to stand and trade with Glover Teixeira last month at UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar, Now, Maldonado also has a little extra holiday spending cash for his efforts.

"Good news or bad, share with my fans and friends, just (got) a check from the UFC by the U.S. postal service at home, and for the fourth time, even losing - and stick that I took right - the UFC paid me more than if I had won the fight," Maldonado posted on Facebook. "Thanks to the (Fertitta) brothers, Dana White and Joe Silva."

Maldonado (18-6) lost his third consecutive UFC bout, but will likely not be cut - especially now, considering the UFC gave him a bonus. The contest with Teixeira was stopped following the second round by the Octagon-side doctor.

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