Maiquel Falcao has been expelled from his team following his involvement in a public brawl at the weekend.
Video shows Falcao at a gas station, where he approaches a woman and interacts with her inappropriately before shoving her when she rejects his advances.
The woman’s male companions burst into the store and a fight commences. It spills onto the forecourt and eventually both Falcao and his team mate Kaue Mena get flattened with a baseball bat.
Mena comes off worse because he has his head repeatedly stamped on after he is knocked out. He is now in critical condition in hospital, whereas Falcao escaped with minor injuries.
Renovacao Fight Team has now expelled Falcao from the team, as relayed by Brazilian MMA reporter Marcos Luca Valentim.
RFT leader Marcelo Brigadeiro released a statement saying that while blame attached to multiple parties in the brawl, including the “over reaction” of the woman’s companions, the main culpability rests with Falcao and Mena.
“The attitude of these two athletes did not reflect the behavior of our entire team. We are known for being one of the most successful teams in the world but also for being a true family of athletes and good men. Suitable character and exemplary behavior is expected of true martial artists,” he wrote.
“The attitudes displayed by Maiquel Falcao and Kaue Mena were not consistent with what is preached and practiced by me to my students, not what is expected by our sponsors and business partners.
“As professionals and martial artists we should not and can not be associated with nightlife - the fights and confusion and alcohol consumption. We have a duty to set an example for society and especially for children who have us as heroes.
“Anyone who knows me knows the immense love I feel for my work and my students, I treat them like my children, including Falcao and Mena. However, as a teacher or "father," as I call it, I do not and I can not close my eyes forward to the failures of my boys.
“Due to all this, it is with a broken heart and a great sadness that I state officially that Maiquel Falcao and Kaue Mena are no longer part of the team Fight Company / RFT.
“Finally, I hope that this tragedy will serve as a lesson to us all. May we realize how much a simple and unfortunate action can negatively and permanently affect our lives.
“Those who are starting in our profession understand that by choosing to be an athlete they are making not a career choice but choosing a philosophy of life that implies abdication, discipline and obedience.”
Tragically, Mena had been accepted for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil and was on the verge of achieving his UFC dream.
Now the 7-0 prospect, 22, has a different fight on his hands as he struggles to cling to life in a Brazilian hospital. He may never fight again if his head and brain injuries are judged to be too severe.
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