Maiquel Falcao has landed with Bellator. | Photo: Gleidson
Bellator Fighting Championships has signed Brazilian knockout
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
Chute Boxe product had won nine straight fights, highlighted by
one appearance in the
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.