The UFC released Maquiel Falcao after it came to light that he had a female face shoving incident of his own, along with some other worrisome incidents in his past. Good idea or great idea? When Falcao and fellow Bellator middleweight tournament contestant Andreas Spang did a faceoff to mark their advance to the finals, things spiraled out of control:
The pair moved in close to one another to do a customary face-off, and Spang immediately shoved Falcao. A startled Falcao rushed back at him and appeared to land a knee. He then lifted up his hand as if he was looking to throw a punch, but officials – including Bellator commentator/former fighter Jimmy Smith and matchmaker Sam Caplan – separated the two from one another. It was difficult to tell what had or had not landed in the melee.
Spang, who also shoved Rogers at Thursday’s event weigh-ins, was apologetic to the crowd afterward regarding the incident, and he reiterated these feelings again at the post-fight press conference.
Falcao, on the other hand, was stunned by it all.
“I didn’t understand what was happening,” Falcao said. “I thought he was going to assault me, so I reacted to defend myself. I had no other intention. I think he failed to live up to the role of an athlete since many people, many children were watching and in attendance. What he did was ugly, very ugly. As a Brazilian athlete, I felt sad over it.”
So rich. Shine on you crazy diamond. And cross your fingers and hope Ohio doesn’t suspend one of you and mess up another of Bellator’s tournament final.