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Rafael Silva Defends Renovacao Fight Team Removal Of Maiquel Falcao, Kaue Mena

Rafael Silva stands by the decision of Renovacao Fight Team leader to release two of their fighters. Earlier in the month, Maiquel Falcao and Kaue Mena were let go by the team after their involvement in a gas station brawl in Brazil. Both suffered series injuries.

“Our coach has worked very hard for years to have a very professional team,” said Silva to MMA Junkie. “There was no way we could be associated with them after that street fight. We ran the risk of losing all sponsorships for our entire team. I feel it was a fair decision to let them go. That altercation had daily coverage on the national news. One of our sponsors canceled their contract with us.”

Siva has had to put that issue to the side, as he’s making his Bellator debut tonight in a bantamweight semifinal fight against Rodrigo Lima. It marks his debut in the United States and he has won his last 11.

Lima is 1-1 for Bellator. He took a decision win at Bellator 94 in March.

Bellator 97 is from the Santa Ana Center in Rio Rancho, NM. The prelims stream at later today, July 31. To see the life of a typical MMA fighter, click here.