Fabio Maldonado replaces Junior Dos Santos against Stipe Miocic

Elias Cepeda
Fabio Maldonado replaces Junior Dos Santos against Stipe Miocic

No one could ever have questioned the courage of UFC light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado. The blood-and-guts boxing stylist is demonstrating once more just how much heart and belief he has in himself by stepping in on a couple weeks' notice to replace former UFC heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos in a heavyweight main event against Stipe Miocic in Brazil on May 31.

Maldonado fought just a month and a half ago - coming from behind to beat Gan Villante by unanimous decision. Not only will Maldonado fight again with a quick turnaround and at a heavier weight, he'll do so in a five-round fight against a top-ten heavyweight in Miocic.

Speaking with Guilherme Cruz earlier today, Maldonado was characteristically confident in himself and his decision, however. "I just heard about it...and I said ‘Let’s do this,’" he said.

"I’m weighting 223 pounds now, so weight is not an issue. The issue is timing... Miocic is an excellent fighter with a good wrestling and boxing skills. The ideal would be three more weeks of training to prepare myself, but I can’t choose. I take the opportunities they offer me."

As per usual, Maldonado is looking to make the affair a brutal one.

"I will try my best [to knock Miocic out]," he said.

"The only thing I promise the fans is that it’s going to be a bloody, violent fight. I can’t promise the win because anything can happen, but I will do my best."

Do you think Maldonado has a chance in front of his home crowd against Miocic? Let us know who you're picking in the comments section!

Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter