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Maiquel Falcão Released By UFC For Legal Troubles

Due to lingering legal trouble related to a 2002 assault charge, Brazilian middleweight Maiquel “Big Rig” Falcão has been released from his UFC contract.

Falcão’s manager Marcelo Brigadeiro penned a letter on Falcão’s release which he sent to

“Good night everyone,

We’ve received an e-mail from Joe Silva yesterday saying that the UFC decided to end Maiquel Falcão’s contract. They decided to do that because of some legal problems Maiquel got involved recently.

I decided to communicate you because of the respect we have with Maiquel’s fans. I always worked in a honest and clear way about everything, and wouldn’t act that way in this situation.

This news got us by surprise and let us very shocked, mainly after we signed to fight at UFC Rio. Anyway, we’re very grateful for everything the UFC have done for Maiquel and we believe we go out in a good way.

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 happen to make us think about a lot of things, to learn and move on, and you can be sure that Maiquel Falcão will move on.

I’m already in talks with other national and international promotions and you will soon watch Maiquel in action again.

Thanks for all of you that followed and cheered for Falcão at his short career at the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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Marcelo Brigadeiro”

“Big Rig” made his UFC debut last November at UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida, taking out Gerald Harris via unanimous decision. He was scheduled to make his second appearance in the promotion this August 27 at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil prior to being released from his contract.