Maldonado to take on Miocic

Updated: May 6, 2014, 9:40 PM ET
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

UFC light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado has agreed to a short-notice heavyweight bout against Stipe Miocic later this month in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The bout will headline The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. UFC officials confirmed the new main event on Tuesday.

Maldonado (21-6) replaces former UFC champion Junior dos Santos, who was forced to withdraw from the bout earlier this week due to a hand injury. The Brazilian is 4-3 all time in the UFC. All seven fights have been at 205 pounds.

A former professional boxer, Maldonado is currently riding a three-fight win streak. The 34-year-old is coming off a unanimous decision over Gian Villante in March.

Miocic (11-1) will look to build on back-to-back decision wins over veterans Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga. Fighting out of Euclid, Ohio, Miocic, 31, is the No. 5-ranked heavyweight in the world, according to ESPN.com.

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