Bellator has released two of the bigger names on the roster in the form of welterweight Paul Daley and middleweight Maiquel Falcao. In both cases the cut was not related to performance but rather based on problems outside of the promotion.
According to a report from MMAFighting, the legal issues Daley and Falcao are currently dealing with are serious enough to give the company good reason to part ways with the pugilists. Also noteworthy, matching rights have not been retained in either case, meaning both are free to sign with any organization interested in booking them for bouts.
Daley only fought in Bellator a single time where he knocked Rudy Bears out less than three minutes into the match-up. Though “Semtex” recently stated he’d been cleared of all wrongdoing in an assault case back in England limiting his ability to travel, it appears he was actually convicted on the charges including two counts of “obstructing/resisting” as law enforcement officer. He is not expected to serve jail time but won’t be free to fight in the United States anytime soon. The 33-12-2 slugger is currently on a four-fight winning streak and shouldn’t have a hard time finding fights to keep him active.
Meanwhile, Falcao made news earlier this month when a fight he and a friend were involved with was caught on tape. In the video, Falcao appears to assault a woman when a group of other men join the fray in response. Both he and training partner Kaue Mene were attacked with wooden boards with the latter ultimately ending up in a coma. Falcao is a former Bellator tournament winner with a 31-5 record.
Neither fighter has commented on their newfound free agency.