Hard hitting Brazilian Maiquel Falcao has been cut from the UFC’s roster his manager has revealed.
It is believed that his recent legal problems stemming from a recent arrest relating to an assault charge dating back to 2002 is the reason behind his dismissal.
That comes as a surprise given that his arrest was well documented when it occured back in December, yet the UFC have waited until the day after he was officially announced as appearing on the UFC 134: Rio fight card against Tom Lowlor to hand him his walking papers.
“This news got us by surprise and left us very shocked, mainly after we signed to fight at UFC: Rio,” Falcoa’s manager Marcelo Brigadiero tells Sherdog.com. “Anyway, we’re very grateful for everything the UFC [has] done for Maiquel,” added Brigadeiro. “Besides the sadness, we respect UFC’s decision and hope to return to the biggest event on the planet soon. I think this type of thing [happens] to make us think about a lot of things, to learn and move on, and you can be sure that Maiquel Falcao will move on.”
According to Brigadiero he is already in talks with a number of promotions and expects the 26-3 Falcao to fight again soon.
Falcao entered into the UFC in November of last year at UFC 123 against Gerald Harris and put on an impressive and aggressive first round display, appearing close to a stoppage victory before puzzlingly changing down several gears in the later rounds and ending up with a somewhat lackluster unanimous decision win.
After the event Dana White had words with the fighter and his manager, letting him know that his performance in the second and third rounds had not been up to par, but accepting that it may have been down to the pressure of this being his debut in the UFC.
The UFC president then told ‘Big Rig’ that he would be getting a second chance to prove himself in the Octagon, but it appears that his legal issues which cropped up soon after the fight have put paid to those plans.