Friend of Bellator's Maiquel Falcao remains in hospital following brutal beating


maiquel-falcao-1.jpgUndefeated MMA fighter Kaue Mena (7-0) remains in a Brazilian hospital after an altercation that involved Bellator fighter Maiquel Falcao (31-6 MMA, 3-1 BFC) turned violent.

Falcao’s wife, Danielle, wrote on Facebook that Mena’s condition is improving after surgery, though “his condition remains very grave.” She asked friends and loved ones for their prayers.

“Great news,” she wrote in her native Portuguese. “Our brother Kaue has shown improvements. We are following his recovery. Glory be to God. We will continue praying in earnest.”

Falcao and Mena were at a gas station this past Saturday when Falcao apparently got into an argument with a pair of women, one of whom he pushed away, according to a news report from a Brazilian TV station Band Santa Catarina.

A group of men then came into the store and began fighting with the two, and the violence spilled outside. Surveillance video shows a man hitting them with a piece of wood, and Mena falls to the ground after being knocked out by a blow. The men then punch and kick him repeatedly as he lies defenseless, and one returns a few moments later to deliver another kick to his head.

Both Falcao and Mena were rescued and taken to a local hospital. Falcao was treated for his injuries and released, while Mena was put in the intensive care unit at Hospital do Coracao in Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, where he remains, according to the report.

Police are looking into the assault, the report said. The owner of the fuel station said eight MMA fighters assaulted his employees this past year.

A Bellator official declined comment when contacted by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), but said an official statement could come tomorrow.

Falcao and Mena train with the Renovacao Fight Team in Balneario Camboriu. Falcao most recently fought in February at Bellator 88, where he was knocked out by Alexander Shlemenko in a bout for the promotion’s vacant middleweight title. The loss snapped a four-fight win streak, which included winning the Season 6 middleweight tournament.

Mena fought this past month at a regional event in Rio do Sul, Santa Catarina, and earned a first-round TKO.

Falcao signed with Bellator after being released by the UFC in 2011. The industry-leader reportedly cut him after being notified of a 2002 assault charge that saw him arrested seven years later by authorities.

“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 told MMAjunkie.com in December 2010. “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.”

In late 2011, reports surfaced that Falcao had suffered a heart attack, but the fighter said on Facebook that he had simply overtrained and would be back to fighting soon.

(Pictured: Maiquel Falcao)

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