Ohio fines Andreas Spang 20% of purse for post fight fracas

source: mmajunkie.com

In May of 2011 Maquiel Falcao was released by the UFC after at least two unfortunate incidents came to light.

Falcao had been sentenced to house arrest in Brazil, for two years, but failed to fulfill the terms of the sentence. Falcao explains:
“I was at a club with a couple of friends, and one of them had an argument with another group of guys. They started fighting, and soon it became a fight between two groups. One girl got injured in the lips during this mess and took me and my friends to court. I was considered guilty for aggression.”

In 2007 it took several people to pull Falcao off a defeated Leandro Gordo. Again, Falcao explains:
“Before the fight, he scaled the wall of my home, stole my fight shorts and showed up wearing them on fight day. On top of that, he sent people to my home to threaten me. This made me lose my head.”

Neither explanation is wholly convincing.

Falcao was picked up by Bellator, where he acquitted himself well, making the finals of Bellator's season-six middleweight tournament. Saturday he was brought into the cage for a publicity faceoff with Andreas Spang, who had just beaten Brian Rogers.

Spang had shoved Rogers at the weigh in, and was coming off an exciting come from behind win just moments before; when Falcao got in his face, things spun a little out of control.

Spang shoved Falcao, who drove back at him and threw a knee and appeared ready to start punching when retired fighter and current Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith and matchmaker Sam Caplan put on their bouncing caps, and broke it up.

Once again, Falcao explains.
“I didn’t understand what was happening. I thought he was going to assault me, so I reacted to defend myself. I had no other intention. I think he failed to live up to the role of an athlete since many people, many children were watching and in attendance. What he did was ugly, very ugly. As a Brazilian athlete, I felt sad over it.”

Bernie Profato runs one of the most admired Athletic Commissions in the world, and does not tolerate unsportsmanlike behavior in his state.

"When you come here to fight, we ask for four things: self-respect, respect for your opponent, respect for those who regulate and promote the sport, and self-discipline," Profato said. "He went zero for four."

Profato said he initially planned to suspend Spang six months because of the shoves. However, after an unofficial appeal from Bellator officials and Spang, who would have been forced to scratch from the tournament finale, Profato gave the fighter the option to choose a 20 percent fine or the suspension.

"When you get in their pockets, that can be a true eye-opener," said Profato, who said the fine goes to a general state fund and not to the Ohio Athletic Commission. "We're just not going to stand for that stuff. ... He took away from a great event."

Profato said Spang has the option to appeal the punishment, but as he told the fighter, two Ohio commissioners were in attendance at Bellator 66, and, "I guarantee you they will hold up since that crap doesn't fly here." Additionally, Profato plans to contact the Louisiana Boxing & Wrestling Commission, which regulates the tournament finale at Bellator 70 on May 25, and suggest they give Spang a short leash for any future infractions.

Spang earned $30,000 ($15,000 to show and $15,000 as a win bonus), and he was fined 20 percent of the full amount. Falcao received no punishment because "he was only protecting himself," Profato said.

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jbapk site profile image  

4/24/12 12:11 PM by jbapk

Falcao didn't "push" his head into Spang and it was the second time in two days Spang shoved somebody. What exactly did Brian Rogers do to deserve getting shoved?Once you can make an argument, twice Spang was doing it on purpose, or course he's going to get heat.

Acidic site profile image  

4/24/12 11:58 AM by Acidic

 Mike no one is saying he isnt but he pushed a guy that was proven to be mentaly unstable already and on a day were they both fought. Pushing is what first happens before a street fight usually as you know. So of course Falcao thought shit was about to pop. The whole point of Falcao there was to have a gown man in his face. thats the staredown and that makes it more intresting.. Regardless what happaned will probably make more people watch now then ever before

Soul Gravy site profile image  

4/24/12 11:48 AM by Soul Gravy

Head pushing is not against the rules. In fact, it's expected at staredowns.Pushing, however, is not.

Soup and Beer site profile image  

4/24/12 11:42 AM by Soup and Beer

 I don't mind the 20% fine, but not fining Falcao too is bullshit.  He started it with pushing his head into Spang and Spang escalated it.  They should also fine the head of Bellator for being stupid enough to create a situation that could lead to a scuffle.  Guess they don't watch Strikeforce.

Soul Gravy site profile image  

4/24/12 11:33 AM by Soul Gravy

Good for Falcao. Spang shouldn't have pushed him. Don't start none, won't be none.

MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ site profile image  

4/24/12 11:18 AM by MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ

Im telling you guys, Andreas is probably the nicest guy I ever met, not just in MMA. I think he just doesnt want another grown man getting that close to his face. Andreas is gonna wreck Falco. His standup is on another level with all his boxing, K1, etc.

JonnyW site profile image  

4/24/12 11:05 AM by JonnyW

Staredowns......how do they work? People do this all the time in stare downs without the pushing. Spang seems to be just as much a hot head as Falcao. This was the second incident with him in the week.

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4/24/12 7:49 AM by daishanjamin

They are in a ring. Their fighters. There are doctors present. A person got shoved. Yawn.

WRESTLENOW site profile image  

4/24/12 12:26 AM by WRESTLENOW

don't push your face against someone elses and you wont have to worry about getting pushed.

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4/24/12 12:23 AM by WRESTLENOW

thats some bullshit, falcao is a dangerous criminal and was the one who pushed his face against spangs in the first place and threw a knee.if anybody should have been fined it is falcao.