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 Maiquelâ€™s camp yesterday, informing them of the promotions decision to end professional ties with the Brazilian. Check out Brigadeiroâ€™s official statement below.
â€œGood night everyone,
Weâ€™ve received an e-mail from Joe Silva yesterday saying that the UFC decided to end Maiquel FalcÃ£oâ€™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 Maiquelâ€™s fans. I always worked in a honest and clear way about everything, and wouldnâ€™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, weâ€™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 UFCâ€™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 FalcÃ£o will move on.
Iâ€™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 FalcÃ£o at his short career at the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
For more details, visit www.prime-fighters.com.
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.