Maiquel Falcao has landed with Bellator. | Photo: Gleidson Venga


Bellator Fighting Championships has signed Brazilian knockout artist Maiquel Falcao to compete in its middleweight division.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced the news during Saturday’s Bellator 54 prelims on Spike.com. It’s currently unknown when Falcao will debut for the promotion.

Known for his knockout power and aggressiveness, Falcao has lost only once since December 2008, falling by submission to Antonio Braga Neto at Amazon Forrest Combat on Sept. 14. Prior to that loss, the Chute Boxe product had won nine straight fights, highlighted by one appearance in the UFC.

Falco fought his first and only UFC fight to-date against Gerald Harris roughly 11 months ago, taking home a unanimous nod over the American at UFC 123. Though Falcao emerged victorious in this lone Octagon appearance, the 30-year-old was reportedly released by the promotion due to alleged legal issues in his homeland.

Of Falcao’s 27 career wins, all but five have come by knockout. A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, “Big Rig” has earned three of his victories by submission, and has only been taken the distance twice as a professional. Most recently, the Brazilian earned a knockout win over Douglas del Rio on Oct. 8, finishing his countryman in just 75 seconds at Apocalypse Fighting Championship.

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