Bellator MMA Unconditionally Releases Paul Daley and Miaquel Falcao Following Legal Troubles


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Paul Daley at Strike/ Elite XCBellator MMA has unconditionally released Paul Daley and Maiquel Falcao following the fighters’ legal troubles.

The news was first reported by MMAFighting.com and Bellator officials confirmed the releases to MMAWeekly.com on Friday.

Daley (33-12-2) competed in Bellator one time, defeating Ruby Bears by technical knockout on July 20, 2012.  He was expected to fight in the Bellator welterweight tournament, but visa issues prevented the fighter from entering the U.S.

Daley was involved in a bar fight in his native England and plead guilty to assault by beating and obstructing an officer.  The plea deal kept Daley from going to jail, but will continue to cause visa issues, according to Bellator.

Earlier this month, Falcao (31-5, 1 no contest) was involved in an altercation at a gas station in his home country of Brazil that left his teammate Kaue Mena in serious condition in a coma.  The incident was caught on camera and the footage indicates that Falcao initiated the brawl by slapping a female patron.

A group of men, defending the lady, came into the store and the situation quickly escalated and spilled outside.  Falcao and Mena were beaten with wooden boards and left unconscious.  The video shows men continuing to punch and kick Mena while he lay in the parking lot.

It wasn’t the first brush with the law for Falcao.  He was released from the UFC in May 2011 due to legal issues stemming from a 2002 assault.

Both fighters were unconditionally released, meaning they’re free to sign with any promotion that may want them.

(Video of the Falcao gas station brawl. Warning: extreme violence.)

view original article >>

Related News

  • 6 days ago
  • 30 views

The Scott Coker affect is in full effect. "No" UFC? No problem. After competing overseas for the last two years, Paul Daley will make his way back stateside later this year, as "Semtex" announced on "The MMA Hour" earlier today (July 21, 2014) that he has inked a deal with Bellator MMA. And it's all thanks to newly-appointed president of the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, Scott Coker; a guy Daley knows very well, having competed for him four times before during his time as head more

  • 6 days ago
  • 13 views

Paul Daley has returned to the Bellator fold. The British slugger announced his decision to ink a deal with his former home on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. Daley fought once under the Bellator banner in July 2012, knocking out Rudy Bears via first-round TKO. He was then selected in a fan vote to compete in the first ever Bellator match to be televised on Spike TV, however an injury ultimately forced his opponent, War Machine, out of the contest, and the bout was scrapped. Bellator unconditi more

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 views

Bellator MMA has added some proven knockout power to its welterweight and middleweight divisions.Filed under: Bellator, News more

  • 6 days ago
  • 10 views

The shift from Bjorn Rebney to Scott Coker running the show at Bellator MMA is quickly beginning to bear fruit, as the promotion has signed Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef. more

  • 6 days ago
  • 16 views

Hard-hitting British welterweight Paul Daley has rejoined the ranks of Bellator MMA. more

  • 6 days ago
  • 17 views

Fans of "Semtex" and "No Mercy" can rejoice in news that they've been signed by Bellator. As Bellator prepares for a new era under Scott Coker, a pair of new signings should whet the appetite of violence connoisseurs. Former UFC and Strikeforce welterweight Paul Daley is back in Bellator, while longtime kickboxing and MMA veteran Melvin Manhoef also joins the fold. Bellator President Coker had this to say about the signings in today's press release: "I've said it before and I'll say it again. We more

  • 5 days ago
  • 19 views

Paul Daley stops by to talk about what's next for him. more

  • 15 days ago
  • 34 views

Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat Curran will put his belt on the line against a familiar foe at Bellator 123.Filed under: Bellator, News more

  • 5 days ago
  • 14 views

Paul Daley might get what he was hoping for. The British welterweight announced his new deal with Bellator on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, saying he’s coming for the welterweight champion Douglas Lima. "I think I'm going to get a tough first fight, beat that person, and then I think I'll be in a position to fight Douglas Lima," Daley told Ariel Helwani. "That's not contracted, that's not been discussed or anything. But the way I see it, coming back to Bellator, I think a big win over one of more