MMA Fighting got confirmation from Bellator that it unconditionally released often troubled Paul Daley and Maiquel Falcao, both of which have dealt with recent legal trouble, though in separate outings.
Falcao was involved in a brawl which put his teammate Kaue Mena in a coma. The fight, which was caught on tape, appeared to be initiated by Falcao after he shoved a female inside a gas station. The fight spilled outdoors, where Falcao and Mena were both hit by solid objects that looked like boards.
Falcao was released from the UFC in 2011 after the promotion learned of a 2002 incident in which another woman was injured.
Falcao won the season 6 middleweight tournament title. Recently, Alexander Shlemenko defeated him by KO in a Feb. 7 Bellator middleweight championship fight.
Bellator said that Daley, in his native England, pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating, and two counts of obstructing or resisting a constable in executing their duties. Daley’s plea deal ensured no jail time, but according to Bellator, would continue to cause visa issues.
The 30-year-old Daley fought once for Bellator, earning a first-round TKO of Rudy Bears in July 2012. Since then, he’s competed twice, earning two knockout wins.
“We examine each situation on a case by case basis,” Bellator director of communications Anthony Mazzuca said, “and, in these two instances, the violent nature of both situations has led to our decision to release both fighters from the organization. We recently received and reviewed the real documents in Daley’s situation, which made clear that he was not in fact cleared, but was actually convicted of both assault by beating and obstructing an officer.
“And, in Maiquel’s situation the video speaks for itself,” he continued. “After reviewing the footage and speaking to the parties involved, including Maiquel and his former manager and trainer Marcelo Brigadeiro, we felt this was the appropriate decision. Maiquel was nothing but a professional during his time with Bellator, but these recent developments have prevented us from keeping Maiquel with the organization.”