Falcao, Mena released from team following brawl


Last week former Bellator middleweight title challenger Maiquel Falcao and fighter Kaue Mena were involved in a brawl outside a gas station in Brazil that left Mena in critical condition. Mena is reported to be improving, but the pair have been released from thir Renovacao Fight Team, by coach Marcelo Brigadeiro

Brigadeiro released an official statement via Brazil's Portal do Vale Tudo.

I, Marcelo Brigadeiro, in my role as leader of team Company Fight/RFT through this letter voice my official stance regarding the regrettable fight episode involving the athletes Maiquel Falcao and Kaue Mena.

Initially I’d like to make it clear that as far as my interpretation of the facts, I don’t believe any of the involved are innocent - all were wrong, in greater or lesser proportions. The actions of Maiquel Falcao which triggered all that occurred, despite it not being an aggression as many have characterized it, was disrespectful and not compatible with the behavior of an athlete. The reaction of the aggressors was in turn exaggerated, cowardly and criminal. Kaue Mena himself, who remains in a coma in the ICU at Hospital do Coração in Balneario Camboriu, also carries with him part of the guilt of what occurred; as a professional MMA athlete, he should not be on the streets at the hour of the event.

I also make it clear that the attitude of these two athletes does not reflect on the behavior of our entire team. We are known as one of the most successful teams in the world and also as a true family of athletes, good men of character, of exemplary behavior, as should be expected from true practitioners of martial arts. The attitudes of Maiquel Falcao and Kaue Mena do not meet what is taught by myself and practiced by my students, nor is it what’s expected by our sponsors and commercial partners.

I know that as professionals and practitioners of martial arts we should not and cannot be associated with night life, fights, altercations and the consumption of alcohol. We have the obligation to serve as an example to society and above all to children, who see us as heroes.

Whoever knows me knows the immense love that I feel for my work and for my students, whom I treat as sons, including Maiquel Falcao and Kaue Mena.  However, as master or ‘father’, as they call me, I must not and cannot close my eyes to the flaws of my ‘boys’. Due to the aforementioned, it is with a broken heart and great sadness that I officially announce that Maiquel Falcao and Kaue Mena no longer are a part of team Company Fight/RFT.

Lastly, I hope that this tragedy serves as a lesson to all of us. May we be aware how much a simple and unfortunate action can affect our lives in negative and permanent ways. May those who are starting in this profession understand that choosing to be an athlete is not the selection of a job, but that of a philosophy of life that requires self-sacrifice, discipline and obedience.

Read entire article... (original Portuguese)

In an interview with MMAJunkie, UFC president Dana White revealed that Falcao was released by the UFC following his arrested in Brazil for charges stemming from a 2002 incident that saw a woman injured during a clash between two groups, one of which included Falcao.

"This whole situation is really unfortunate," said White. "All you can do is just hope Kaue Mena's health continues to improve. But I have to be honest and tell you it really bugs me that it's being reported that Maiquel Falcao is a UFC fighter. We let him go back in 2011 for the same reason. We found out he had a charge on his record for hitting a woman, and we cut him because of that."

"We don't want anything to do with men who punch women. When the UFC found out Maiquel had a charge against him that involved women, we immediately cut him from the roster. Bellator/Viacom MMA then picked him up a few months later, and he's been fighting for them ever since.

"The UFC does not and will not ever tolerate situations like this. 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."


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7/17/13 4:25 PM by i remember halloween

Your theories about how the moon landing was faked on a porno set in Bollywood and how the illuminati really assassinated JFK with psychic weapons at least had a shred of reason behind them, but this I just have no words for how stupid thinking this was a set up is.

Winston Wolf site profile image  

7/17/13 3:01 PM by Winston Wolf

disagree with u.Too many of them together all with the same mentality.If ur in gang and shit is going down They all join in as they did in the video.

Tardiolli site profile image  

7/17/13 2:48 PM by Tardiolli

I don't think they're a gang. There are plenty of people with guns in Brazil, and those cases of extreme violence sometimes happen, especially in night clubs because of women/provocations.While those guys did something truly barbaric, this case shows us how you shouldn't mess with people you don't know. If the girl's boyfriend/relative had a gun I guarantee the person would not give a shit and would shoot Falcao without thinking twice.

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7/17/13 2:19 PM by Winston Wolf

hope he will recover

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7/17/13 12:09 PM by RJJH

Falcao posted this on his facebook last week  Amigos quero agradecer a todos que têm entrado em contato oferecendo ajuda. Quero pedir a todos os amigos, fãs, parentes e até aqueles que nos conhecem apenas pela internet: por favor dobrem seus joelhos diante do Senhor e peçam pela vida do nosso irmão, filho, amigo e guerreiro Kauê Mena. Ele é um menino abençoado, de caráter, um amigo excepcional! Amigos peço a vocês como mãe, o Kaue para mim é como um filho. O meu filho de sangue é apaixonado por ele, e o meu único desejo é vê-los brincando na sala novamente... Vamos juntos orar de todo o nosso coração ao nosso Pai para que Ele faça todos os danos regredirem! Só o Senhor é capaz de realizar o que nosso amado Kaue necessita. Obrigada a todos. Danielle Falcão   english, Friends I would like to thank everyone who has come into contact by offering help. I would ask all the fans, friends, relatives and even to those who know us only by internet: please bend your knees before the Lord and ask for the life of our brother, son, friend and warrior Kaue Mena. He is a boy blessed, of character, a friend exceptional! Friends I ask you as a brother, the Kaue for me is like a son.

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7/17/13 8:06 AM by NegoVeio

Yes, they found it. They gang is called "MMA douchebag fighters that give their sport a bad name". One was found in intensive care on the hospital. The other one from the gang can be found at some next Bellator event.

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7/17/13 7:54 AM by Winston Wolf

any word if they found the gang who did this.Thanks for the update

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7/17/13 12:09 AM by dhughes

There's a video on youtube with one of his family members but it is in Portuguese. Also I found an article that said he was put into an induced coma (i.e. intentionally put in to a coma) and that he was currently stable but critical. Not sure that is even new information though. I can't believe how hard it is to get an update on him. That footage was so disturbing I want to know that he will recover. So scary to imagine someone you love being taken from you in this kind of way - where they may live but they are a different person. Being a father who has spent every moment of my kids' lives trying to foster their growth - it kills me to imagine how quickly all those years can be taken away in a matter of seconds over something so incredibly stupid. It's so horrible; I can't barely even think about it.

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7/16/13 9:16 PM by Winston Wolf

anything ?

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7/15/13 9:06 AM by InYoMommaCloset

lol yeah I saw you jumped in there.Though I'd probably get pissed trying to call brazil.