Bellator bolstered its 185-pound ranks over the weekend with the signing of 28-4 Maiquel Falcao, a Brazilian competitor many fans may remember for his outpointing of Gerald Harris at UFC 123 ultimately marking his first and only appearance in the Octagon.
News of his addition to the roster was announced Saturday night following Bellator 54, an event determining the final pairing in the promotion’s ongoing middleweight tournament.
Falcao became the rare recipient of a post-victory release based on legal issues in Brazil stemming from a 2002 assault case. However, he has emerged with a hand raised in ten of his last eleven fights including nine stoppages. Finishing opponents off appears to be a specialty of the 30-year old’s considering with 26 of 28 total wins have been the result of either a TKO or submission.
The Chute Boxe representative joins a division highlighted by dynamic champion Hector Lombard with other stand-outs including Vitor Vianna, Bryan Baker, Brian Rogers, Karl Amoussou, Jared Hess, and Alexander Shlemenko.
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MMATraining Take: The reality is Falcao would probably still be in the UFC if hadn’t been for outside factors, so bringing him on board as Bellator has definitely helps legitimize their group of middleweights (and the organization in general). It’s not the equivalent of landing a major free agent by any means but at least goes to show they are easily Strikeforce’s successor as the #2 promotion in MMA behind the UFC.