Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has announced that UFC castoff Maiquel “Big Rig” Falcão will be the next addition to the promotion’s middleweight roster.
After racking up nearly thirty professional fights on the Brazilian MMA circuit, Falcão made his UFC debut at UFC 123 in November of last year. After blitzing highly-touted prospect Gerald “Hurricane” Harris early on, Big Rig let off the accelerator and coasted to a unanimous decision win. The victory did little to ingratiate himself to his new bosses (Harris was cut after the fight, despite an otherwise winning UFC record), but despite that and a brief arrest for probation violation related to an assault charge, Falcão was invited back to the promotion for a second fight.
The 30-year-old Brazilian was expected to face Alessio Sakara at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann, but was forced out of the fight with injury. He was rescheduled to face Tom Lawlor at UFC: Rio this past August in front of a hometown crowd, but was pulled from that fight and subsequently released from the UFC when more details arose surrounding the 2002 assault charge.
Since being cut, Falcão has gone 2-1; He sports an overall record of 28-4 (1).
No date or opponent have been given for Falcão’s impending Bellator debut.