According to MMAJunkie, UFC middleweight Maiquel Falcao was released by Brazilian authorities Tuesday after being detained for four days. Oddly, he was never placed in jail.
Over the weekend, Falcao was arrested in Pelotas, Brazil in relation to a 2002 assault charge. Today, he was issued 18-months probation but is allowed to travel the globe to perfect his craft.
Falcao’s camp says their client was sentenced to a 24-month house arrest in 2002 after an incident at a Brazilian night club, just before he kicked off his pro fighting career.
A woman was assaulted during the fracas, however Falcao claims to not have been involved in the assault. Nevertheless, he was forced to pay a fine and participate in community service.
Eight months into the sentence, Falcao moved to a new house. His attorney advised him the Brazilian authorities wouldn’t have a problem with him relocating, which they didn’t.
Unfortunately, Falcao’s counsel failed to mention he had to periodically touch base with authorities. Although he could easily be located inside an Octagon, particularly on November 20th in Detroit, he was considered a fugitive – a la Dr. Richard Kimble.
Falcao cruised to a unanimous decision victory over highly touted Gerald Harris at UFC 123. The talented grappler bumped his record to an impressive 26-3 mark in his big league debut.