Nedkov and Maldonado were expected to meet on the FX-televised UFC 142 undercard in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UFC officials have yet to confirm the withdrawal.
An undefeated Brazilian Jiu-Jistu black belt, Nedkov (12-0) has had a rough road outside the cage since signing with the UFC. The 30-year-old was initially slated to debut against Rodney Wallace at UFC 117 until suffering an injury and being replaced by Phil Davis. Nedkov was then expected to fight former WEC champion Steve Cantwell at UFC 120, however the bout was cancelled two days out from the event due to a Cantwell knee injury.
UFC 142 fight card:
Main card (Pay-per-view):
Featherweight Championship: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
Middleweight: Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson
Middleweight: Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio
Welterweight: Erick Silva vs. TBA
Lightweight: Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim
Preliminary card (FX):
Lightweight: Thiago Tavares vs. Sam Stout
Heavyweight: Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Featherweight: Felipe Arantes vs. Antonio Carvalho
Featherweight: Michihiro Omigawa vs. Yuri Alcantara