Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves Released From UFC Contract
By MATT MOLGAARD
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
In what comes as a big shock, middleweight power puncher Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves has been released by the UFC. According to his manager, Marcelo Brigadeiro, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva contacted Maiquel’s camp yesterday, informing them of the promotions decision to end professional ties with the Brazilian. Check out Brigadeiro’s official statement below.
“Good night everyone,
We’ve received an e-mail from Joe Silva yesterday saying that the UFC decided to end Maiquel Falcão’s contract. They decided to do that because of some legal problems Maiquel got involved recently.
I decided to communicate you because of the respect we have with Maiquel’s fans. I always worked in a honest and clear way about everything, and wouldn’t act that way in this situation.
This news got us by surprise and let us very shocked, mainly after we signed to fight at UFC Rio. Anyway, we’re very grateful for everything the UFC have done for Maiquel and we believe we go out in a good way.
Besides the sadness, we respect UFC’s decision and hope to return to the biggest event on the planet soon. I think this type of thing happen to make us think about a lot of things, to learn and move on, and you can be sure that Maiquel Falcão will move on.
I’m already in talks with other national and international promotions and you will soon watch Maiquel in action again.
Thanks for all of you that followed and cheered for Falcão at his short career at the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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Maiquel_s previously announced bout with Tom Lawlor at UFC 134 now looks more like a big question mark than a guaranteed display of refined violence; we_re left to wonder who may replace Falcao, or if Lawlor will find himself on the shelf with no new opponent named for the event.