Maiquel Falcao, a professional mixed martial artist who competed once for the UFC, was stabbed and killed early Sunday morning in his native country of Brazil.
Falcao was stabbed multiple times in the stomach while outside of a bar in Pelotas. The fighter was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. He was 40-years-old.
The case is being investigated by Deputy Félix Rafanhim, of the Police Homicide and Protection of the Person (DHPP), according to a report from Brazilian news outlet Gaucha ZH.
“No witnesses have been pointed out and we still have no motivation. Near the body were found shards of glass, but we believe he was stabbed,” according to the deputy.
Falcao defeated Gerald Harris in his lone UFC fight at UFC 123 in November 2010. Just days after his win, Falcao was arrested in Brazil for a 2002 incident in which he assaulted a woman outside a club. He served eight months of a 24-month sentence.
Falcao was signed to Bellator MMA in 2012 and picked up three victories before earning a shot at the promotion’s middleweight championship against then champion Alexander Shlemenko. He would not come out on top in that outing and it was Falcao’s final fight with the Bellator.
Falcao last competed in October 2021, losing by way of knockout at Serbian Battle Championship 36. His pro MMA record stands at 40-20-0.
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