Cyrille Diabate to Take on Fabio Maldonado at UFC 154 in Montreal
STUDIO MMA, RIVERSIDE, CA – StudioMMA reported earlier that Jorgen Kruth cancelled his octagon debut at UFC on FX 5 and has retired from mixed martial arts, leaving Fabio Maldonado without an opponent. Instead, Cyrille “Snake” Diabate will replace the Swede and take on Maldonado at UFC 154 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Sources close to both fighters have confirmed the bout.
Diabate [18-8-1 MMA, 3-2-0 UFC] was scheduled to face Jorgen Kruth at UFC on Fuel TV 2 in Sweden, but instead earned a split decision over late replacement Tom DeBlass. Since Diabate’s debut he has alternated wins with losses.
Meanwhile, Maldonando [18-5-0 MMA, 1-2-0 UFC] looks to get his first octagon win since a 2010 TKO win over James McSweeney at UFC 120. Maldonado is currently riding back-to-back unanimous decision losses to Kyle Kingsbury at TUF 13 Finale and Igor Pokrajac at UFC on Fuel TV 3.