“I really feel like I’m in a good place. I’m in the same place that I was mentally the last time I stepped into the Octagon – I’m really excited, really happy, and I just want to go out there and show what I’ve got. I’ve been working hard these last nine months. I kicked the can around – I was pretty depressed for 10 days or so after the result came out – and then after that I was like, `It’s time to go to work.'"
UFC light heavyweight Joey Beltran cemented himself as a fan favorite long ago due to his love a good brawl. However, he hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since last December. Rather than an injury keeping Beltran out, “The Mexicutioner” was suspended nine months for PED use. The heavy-handed 31-year old is set to shake off the ring rust and get his hands dirty next week when he faces Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night 29. Beltran recently spoke to UFC.com about how he spent his time on the sidelines and his appreciation for Maldonado as a competitor while also offering a bold prediction on their upcoming clash. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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