Several months ago, I asked the question ‘Is Maiquel Falcao too crazy for the UFC?’ I thought it was a rhetorical question at the time but it turns out the answer was ‘Yes, he is!’
UFC officials have released promising Brazilian fighter Maiquel Falcao and pulled him from a UFC 134 bout with Tom Lawlor. A representative from Prime Fighters Management and DCA, Falcao’s management companies, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the release overnight.
The rep said Falcao’s 2002 arrest still plagues the fighter, and with fans and media contacting the UFC and demanding his removal from the summer card in Rio de Janeiro, officials ultimately decided to sever ties with the middleweight.
“In 2002, I was at a club with a couple of friends, and one of them had an argument with another group of guys,” Falcao said. “They started fighting, and soon it became a fight between two groups. One girl got injured in the lips during this mess and took me and my friends to court. I was considered guilty for aggression.”
And sentenced to 24 months house arrest. I dunno, I’m not sure ‘Accessory to Injured Lips’ gets you two years house arrest, especially in Brazil where smacking chicks is practically a national pastime. There must be more to it (even above Falcao skipping out on that house arrest) than this, and I’m sure it’ll all come out into the public eye sooner or later.
It seems pretty obvious to everyone that Falcao is being taken off the roster in preparation for the UFC’s arrival in Rio this August. The last thing they need is some newspaper pictures of a chick who’s been Joker’d under a headline with ‘Lutador do UFC’ in it. Then there’s that video above where Falcao had to be dragged off his finished opponent. And who knows what other wacky skeletons would fall out of his closet if the local press gave it a shake?
When you’re trying to make a good impression in a country where jiu jitsu is used by gangs and the last major MMA event ended in a gigantic riot, it’s best not to leave anything to chance. I’d feel sorry for Falcao, but any guy who keeps attacking an opponent after they’re done is no mixed martial artist in my mind. He’s just a thug. An entertaining thug, but still a thug.