Ex-UFC star Maiquel Falcao, 40, stabbed to death outside bar in Brazil

Ex-UFC star Maiquel Falcao has died at the age of 40 after being stabbed to death outside a local bar in his native Brazil on Sunday morning.

Falcao was found with stab wounds to his stomach outside of a bar in his hometown of Pelotas, according to MMA Fighting.

He is understood to have been stabbed multiple times and was rushed to a nearby hospital at around 3am before later being pronounced dead by doctors.

Local police have launched an investigation into his death and have confirmed to Gaucha ZH that Falcao had suffered two stab wounds to his abdomen.

Speaking to the outlet, Felix Rafanhim of Homicide and Protection of Persons Police Station said: “No witnesses have been named and we still don't have a motive.

"Shards of glass were found next to the body, but we believe he was stabbed."

Falcao's professional mixed martial arts career spanned the best part of two decades, having turned pro back in 2004.

Across his 18 years in the sport, he built a record of 40 wins, 19 defeats and one no contest, winning his sole fight in the UFC back in 2010.

The Brazilian fighter took on Gerald Harris at UFC 123 in Michigan and won the fight via a unanimous decision, but was later released by the organisation.

He went on to join Bellator and won a middleweight grand prix tournament during his two years with the company.

After leaving Bellator, "Big Rig" spent time fighting for a number of other organisations, including with Fight Nights Global, where he fought three times after joining in 2016.

Having trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Falcao competed across three weight classes during his MMA career, stepping up to both light heavyweight and heavyweight in addition to his bouts at middleweight.

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