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UFC_OWNS 11-23-2011 12:45 PM

UFC Veteran Falcao Suffers Heart Attack, Currently Stable in ICU
 



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Maiquel Falcao's career is on freeze after a heart attack on Sunday. | Photo: Gleidson Venga

UFC veteran and recent Bellator middleweight signing Maiquel Falcao suffered a heart attack this past Sunday, while relaxing in his home in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Falcao's manager, Marcelo Brigadeiro, confirmed the news to Sherdog.com on Tuesday.

Brigadeiro said his client has been hospitalized at Holy House of Mercy's intensive care unit in Pelotas since Sunday. Falcao is presently awaiting cardiac catheterization and an angiogram for further diagnosis.

“His wife told me he suddenly suffered from a huge pain in the chest, and when they got into the hospital the doctors concluded he had a myocardial infarction,” Brigadeiro explained. “The procedure is expected to happen late this Wednesday. If Falcao didn't go to the hospital as fast as he did, he would have died.”

According to Brigadeiro, the 30-year-old Falcao has never suffered from any health issues, but did note that there is a history of cerebral ischemia in the fighter's family. The manager is worried, but optimistic about his client's career.

“He is lucid, talking clearly, and recovering well”, he said. “The doctors gave him a good prognosis, but we need to see how he reacts after the surgery. His career is in check, for sure, but at this first moment, we're just focused on getting him healthy. After that, we will think about the rest of his career.”

Falcao, owner of a 28-4 (1 NC) MMA mark, won his UFC debut against Gerald Harris in November 2010 by unanimous decision, but was released this past May due to legal issues arising from a 2002 assault charge in Brazil. The heavy-hitting middleweight knocked out Douglas del Rio in the first round on Oct. 8, and was officially announced as a Bellator contractee a week later by promotional CEO Bjorn Rebney.

http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/UFC...e-in-ICU-37445

John8204 11-23-2011 01:20 PM

Gerard Harris getting cut because he lost to this guy is the single most disgraceful thing the UFC has done over the past few years.

The fact that the guy he fought is now basically been conclusively outed has a drug abuser should cause the UFC to issue a formal apology and expunge the loss from Harris's record.

Hawndo 11-23-2011 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John8204 (Post 1507541)
Gerard Harris getting cut because he lost to this guy is the single most disgraceful thing the UFC has done over the past few years.

The fact that the guy he fought is now basically been conclusively outed has a drug abuser should cause the UFC to issue a formal apology and expunge the loss from Harris's record.

Did I miss something :confused:

OHKO 11-23-2011 01:46 PM

Don't really like this guy's personality, but I would never wish harm on someone who fights for a living. Wish him a speedy recovery.

John8204 11-23-2011 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Hawndo (Post 1507551)
Did I miss something :confused:

This guy has a long history of being dirty, he was arrested for beating a woman, he cheats in fights, he ignores the officials, and now based on the fact that he's 30 and he had a heart attack he's likely a juicer, a coke abuser or both.

Normally you can give a guy a benefit of the doubt, and with a number of fighters I do.

This man is a poster boy for everything this sport isn't supposed to be. I don't root for anyone to die, but what he's done and how he's behaved has given ammunition to every MMA critic around the world.

Hawndo 11-23-2011 03:42 PM

I'm not denying he's an asshole, that speaks for itself, but the conclusive evidence about being a drug abuser I don't get. Maybe it was down to drugs, it probably is it's the only way anyone I know young has had one but I don't see the conclusive evidence, I just see some asshole who had a heart attack just now.

El Bresko 11-23-2011 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by John8204 (Post 1507557)
and now based on the fact that he's 30 and he had a heart attack he's likely a juicer, a coke abuser or both.

Normally you can give a guy a benefit of the doubt, and with a number of fighters I do.

that is far from conclusive.

I'd say the history of heart condition in his family is conclusive.

Budhisten 11-23-2011 04:49 PM

Get well soon Falcao - he's such an exciting fighter!

Moved to Bellator

browncow 11-23-2011 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John8204 (Post 1507557)
based on the fact that he's 30 and he had a heart attack he's likely a juicer, a coke abuser or both.

Normally you can give a guy a benefit of the doubt,

"Likely", my ass. You ain't his doctor, so give it a rest. Unless you got some first-hand knowledge on his situation... then ya gotta dish.

Just cuz he comes off as a total douche don't make him the be-all-end-all of every negative stereotype you wish him to be.

For all we know, there's more to the overall health/genetics side than we caught from this article alone. That's why you see a doctor when your ill... and not a bookie.

Speculation is what leads to rumours, which lead to THIS-guy-and-THAT-guy-took-PEDs... so-that-OTHER-guy-mighta/musta/definitely-did... blah-blah-blah...:bored03:

Falcao's no class-act, but he don't deserve this kinda crap from those who don't know him while he's in a life-or-death situation. I'm sure his family's worried sick about him right now. Just like your family or mine would be if such a fate were to befall one of us.

AlphaDawg 11-23-2011 07:27 PM

Veteran?


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