|Born||Maiquel José Falcão Gonçalves
March 8, 1981
Pelotas, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil
|Other names||Big Rig|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||71.0 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Team||Renovação Fight Team (formerly)
Chute Boxe Academy
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Maiquel José Falcão Gonçalves (born March 8, 1981) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who is perhaps best known for his stint in Bellator MMA, and won the Bellator Season Six Middleweight Tournament. Falcão has also had a one-fight stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Mixed martial arts career
Falcão compiled a record of 25-3 (1) with 21 of his wins coming by way of knockout, fighting exclusively in his native Brazil with two of the losses being at the hands of current UFC Light Heavyweight Fabio Maldonado.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On November 20, 2010, Falcão won his UFC debut at UFC 123 against Gerald Harris by unanimous decision. The bout was controversial for multiple reasons. The first case of controversy occurred at the end of the opening round. After dominating the opening round, Falcão sunk in a rear-naked choke. However, the buzzer to signal the end of the round clearly went off at least 5 or 6 seconds before the round had actually ended. The incident was arguably costly for Falcão, as Dana White believed that had the round expired at the correct time, that Harris would have succumbed to the submission. The rest of the bout was very different, with the third round even seeing a virtual stop to Falcão's attacks. After a strong crowd reaction, the bout ended and Falcão was declared the winner via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Following the fight and criticism from Dana White, Falcão stated that the reason for the lack of action in the third round was that he was waiting for Harris to attack, so he could counter, but that was not the case. The bout was heavily criticised and Harris lost his job soon after. Falcão also said afterwards: "He tapped out in three different occasions, hiding it. It was a new thing for me, it was the first time I got three wins on the same bout. On the first round, he tapped out the first time when he was on the four points position, then he tapped out again in the end of the first round, when I got him on the rear-naked choke with his body turned up, and on the third round he tapped out again on a rear-naked choke."
Just days later, Falcão was arrested in Brazil for assaulting a woman outside a nightclub back in 2002. In 2002 Falcão had been sentenced to 24 months in prison, but following 8 months of the sentence he moved to house arrest on the assurance from his lawyer.
Falcão was expected to face Tom Lawlor on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134. However, the UFC abruptly released him on May 11. According to one of Falcão's agents, the move came after fans and media bombarded the UFC with demands that he be removed from the UFC 134 card. In 2013, UFC president Dana White confirmed that he'd cut Falcão two years earlier because the UFC has zero tolerance for assault on women. He said, "Sexual assault, hitting a woman or anything like that, you're gone from the roster. It doesn't matter if you're a winner or a champion or anything like that. You're gone. Keep your hands off women."
Falcão's first fight after his release was against fellow Brazilian Julio Cesar Bilik at Centurion MMA 2 on July 9, 2011. Falcão dropped Bilik early on with a clean punch then pouncing on him with a barrage of punches before the referee eventually stepped in to stop the fight giving Falcão the TKO win after just 27 seconds. Falcão faced Dibir Zagirov at Oplot Challenge 100 on February 15, 2014. He won via guillotine choke.
Bellator Fighting Championship
In early 2012, Falcão joined the Bellator Season Six Middleweight Tournament. He faced Norman Paraisy in the opening round at Bellator 61 and dominated the fight by using his superior striking and scoring multiple takedowns, Falcão won via unanimous decision. In the semifinals round, Maiquel faced Vyacheslav Vasilevsky on April 20 at Bellator 66 He won the fight via unanimous decision. Falcão then faced Andreas Spang in the finals at Bellator 69. After his win over Vasilevsky, Falcão was involved in a post-fight scuffle with Spang, who was brought into the cage to do a face-off with Falcão for the first time after Spang's fight. When they moved in close to each other, Spang immediately shoved Falcão. Startled by this, the much publicized temperament of Falcão rushed back at him with a knee to the ribcage and then lifted up his hand as if looking to throw a punch. Officials, Bellator commentator/former fighter Jimmy Smith and fight matchmaker Sam Caplan separated the two from one another. After getting rocked in the first round, Falcão opted for a more conservative approach by using his wrestling to grind out Spang and he won via unanimous decision.
On April 25, 2012, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced that Falcão, the winner of the Season Six Middleweight tournament finale, would face Alexander Shlemenko to crown the company's new Middleweight champion. The two men met at Bellator 88 on February 7, 2013 for the vacant title. After a back and forth fight, Shlemenko won via knock out in the second round.
On July 25, 2013 Bellator released Falcão due to ongoing legal battles in his home country of Brazil. The last straw was a violent brawl outside a gas station (see below).
Gas station altercation
In July 2013, Falcão and a fellow mixed martial artist Kauê Mena, an undefeated Featherweight prospect, got involved in a struggle inside a gas station's convenience store in Balneário Camboriú, Santa Catarina. Falcão threw his beverage at a woman and started a fight with her friends inside the store, who outnumbered Falcão and Mena. Falcão was struck in the face to start the fighting and exchanged punches with the man, who Falcão then knocked down. The struggle continued outside where Falcão can be seen standing beside Mena facing up to 3 or 4 men whilst another hits Mena from behind with a piece of wood, knocking him out. Falcão is at the same time kicked backwards and staggers before receiving strikes with the makeshift weapon. During this Mena is punched and kicked on the ground while unconscious. Mena was in serious condition at an intensive care unit and Falcão had only minor injuries.
In an interview after the incident, Falcão claimed that the two fighters had come to the gas station from a bar to purchase more alcohol. While inside, Falcão claims that the woman thought he was making sexual advances towards her, and responding by directing racial slurs at the former UFC Middleweight. Falcão later apologized to Mena's family as well as the MMA community.
Falcão is married.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||32 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||32–6 (1)||Mamed Khalidov||Submission (armbar)||KSW 27||May 17, 2014||1||4:52||Gdańsk, Poland|
|Win||32–5 (1)||Dibir Zagirov||Submission (guillotine choke)||OC - Oplot Challenge 100||February 15, 2014||2||3:27||Kharkov, Ukraine|
|Loss||31–5 (1)||Alexander Shlemenko||KO (punches)||Bellator 88||February 7, 2013||2||2:18||Duluth, Georgia, United States||For Bellator Middleweight Championship|
|Win||31–4 (1)||Andreas Spang||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 69||May 18, 2012||3||5:00||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States||Bellator Season 6 Middleweight Tournament Final|
|Win||30–4 (1)||Vyacheslav Vasilevsky||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 66||April 20, 2012||3||5:00||Cleveland, Ohio, United States||Bellator Season 6 Middleweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||29–4 (1)||Norman Paraisy||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 61||March 16, 2012||3||5:00||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States||Bellator Season 6 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||28–4 (1)||Douglas del Rio||TKO (punches)||Apocalypse FC 1||October 8, 2011||1||1:15||Passo Fundo, Brazil|
|Loss||27–4 (1)||Antônio Braga Neto||Submission (kimura)||Amazon Forest Combat 1||September 14, 2011||2||4:26||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||27–3 (1)||Julio Cesar Bilik||TKO (punches)||Centurion MMA 2||July 9, 2011||1||0:28||Itajaí, Brazil|
|Win||26–3 (1)||Gerald Harris||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 123||November 20, 2010||3||5:00||Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||25–3 (1)||Wendres Carlos da Silva||TKO (punches)||Arena Gold Fights 2||July 17, 2010||1||N/A||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||24–3 (1)||Daniel Ludtke||TKO (knee and punches)||Match Point Sports Aquafit Fight Championship 2||October 9, 2009||1||0:52||Pelotas, Brazil|
|Win||23–3 (1)||Ricardo Silva||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Blackout FC 3||September 5, 2009||1||0:12||Balneario Camboriu, Brazil|
|Win||22–3 (1)||Arimarcel Santos||TKO (punches)||WFC: Pozil Challenge||August 1, 2009||1||2:26||Gramado, Brazil|
|Win||21–3 (1)||Eli Reger||Submission (rear naked choke)||Nitrix Show Fight 2||May 16, 2009||1||2:29||Joinville, Brazil|
|Win||20–3 (1)||Allan Froes||TKO (punches)||Golden Fighters 1||April 18, 2009||1||2:15||Novo Hamburgo, Brazil|
|Win||19–3 (1)||Nelson Martins||KO||Floripa Fight 5||March 7, 2009||1||N/A||Florianópolis, Brazil|
|Loss||18–3 (1)||Daniel Ludtke||TKO (punches)||Clube da Luta 1||December 21, 2008||1||1:12||Novo Hamburgo, Brazil|
|Win||18–2 (1)||Romulo Nascimento||KO (punches)||Paranagua Fight 2||September 5, 2008||1||2:10||Paranaguá, Brazil|
|Win||17–2 (1)||Rodrigo Freitas||TKO (punches)||Predador FC 11||July 6, 2008||2||2:24||Brazil|
|Win||16–2 (1)||Edson Franca||Submission (punches)||Predador FC 10: Kamae||April 26, 2008||2||N/A||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||15–2 (1)||Josue Verde||TKO (punches)||Floripa Fight 4||March 29, 2008||1||1:40||Florianópolis, Brazil|
|Loss||14–2 (1)||Fabio Maldonado||TKO (punches)||Predador FC 9: Welterweight Grand Prix||March 15, 2008||2||2:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|NC||14–1 (1)||Fabiano Scherner||No contest||Desafio: Fight Show||December 8, 2007||1||N/A||Brazil|
|Win||14–1||Reinaldo Samurai||KO (punch)||Bage Open Fight||November 10, 2007||1||3:00||Bage, Brazil|
|Win||13–1||Daniel Barbosa||KO (knee and punches)||Desafio: Fight Show||September 8, 2007||1||1:40||Pelotas, Brazil|
|Win||12–1||Alex Moura||TKO (punches)||Full Fight: Open Vale Tudo||August 11, 2007||1||2:00||Brazil|
|Win||11–1||Lucio Aguiar||KO (punches)||Storm Samurai||July 28, 2007||1||N/A||Pelotas, Brazil|
|Win||10–1||Leandro Gordo||KO (punches)||Desafio: Fight Show||June 23, 2007||1||0:15||Florianópolis, Brazil|
|Win||9–1||Laerte Costa Silva de Oliveira||Submission (punches)||G1: Open Fight 3||May 19, 2007||1||4:30||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Loss||8–1||Fabio Maldonado||TKO (punches)||Mariliense MMA Circuit 1||May 18, 2007||3||0:46||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||8–0||Felipe Miranda||KO (punches and elbows)||Super Fight||April 11, 2007||1||2:00||Pelotas, Brazil|
|Win||7–0||Silverio Bueno||KO (punches)||Paranaguá Fight 1||March 24, 2007||1||0:42||Paranaguá, Brazil|
|Win||6–0||Claudio Mattos||KO (punches)||Tsunamy 4||October 7, 2006||1||2:00||Pelotas, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Rogerio Farias||KO (knees and punches)||Coliseu Fight||July 8, 2006||1||4:00||Pelotas, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Anderson Brito||KO (punch)||Tsunamy 3||April 9, 2005||1||4:00||Pelotas, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Josimar Lira Rodrigues||Decision (unanimous)||Tsunamy 2||December 11, 2004||1||15:00||Pelotas, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Andre Rocha||TKO (punches)||Camaqua Open Vale Tudo||November 21, 2004||1||4:00||Camaqua, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Guilherme Freitas||KO (knees)||Piratini Fight||April 24, 2004||1||3:30||Piratini, Brazil|
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- Zane Simon (July 8, 2013). "Featherweight prospect Kauê Mena in critical condition following brawl involving Bellator fighter Maiquel Falcão". bloodyelbow.com.
- Jesse Holland (July 10, 2013). "Maiquel Falcão and Kauê Mena removed from Renovação Fight Team following gas station melee". mmamania.com.
- "Maiquel Falcão e Kauê Mena são expulsos da RFT após briga em posto". sportv.globo.com (Portuguese language). July 10, 2013.