Bellator have announced the signing of former UFC middleweight contender Maiquel ‘Big Rig’ Falcao.

The hard-hitting Brazilian entered into the UFC’s Octagon in November of last year off the back of a seven-fight winning streak and added to that with a unanimous decision victory in his debut against Gerald Harris.

It was a curious performance however, with Falcao looking impressive as he dominated Harris in the first round, but then completely took his foot off the gas in the later rounds despite his opponent offering little resistance. After the fight Dana White warned Falcao that his performance was unacceptable, but put it down to the fact it was his debut and gave him a chance to redeem himself.

Falcao failed to step into the Octagon for a second time however as just days later he was arrested in his native Brazil for an alleged assault on a woman dating back to 2002, leading to a 24 month sentence under house arrest.

The 30 year-old has since been released from this and is now on an 18 month probationary period instead which has allowed him to continue his fighting career.

He has done just that back in Brazil, fighting three times since July, going 2-1 in the process to take his career record to 28-4 (1nc).

Now he moves into Bellator’s 185lb ranks and he’s certainly a worthy addition to their roster, though questions remain over his temperament.

So far Bellator have given no indications of their future plans for Falcao, but he could comfortably slot into either a forthcoming tournament or a ‘superfight’ with the likes of current champion Hector Lombard.

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