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Maiquel Falcao Released by the UFC

Despite winning his UFC debut and being scheduled to fight at UFC 134: Rio in August, Brazilian middleweight Maiquel Falcao has reportedly been released by the UFC stemming from his recent legal troubles.

“This news got us by surprise and let us very shocked, mainly after we signed to fight at UFC Rio,” Falcao’s manager told Tatame. “Besides the sadness, we respect UFC’s decision and hope to return to the biggest event on the planet soon.”

Falcao (26-3) topped Gerald Harris in his UFC debut in November and was slated to face Tom Lawlor at UFC 134 following an undisclosed injury that prevented him from taking on Alessio Sakara in March.

He was arrested in December in Brazil on a warrant from 2002 for allegedly assaulting a woman outside a nightclub.

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