Maiquel “Big Rig” Falcao mauled Julio Cesar Bilik in Brazil. | Photo: G. Venga
ITAJAI, Brazil -- Fresh off his release from the UFC due to reported legal issues, Maiquel “Big Rig” Falcao made quick work of Julio Cesar Bilik in the main event of Centurion Mixed Martial Arts 2 at the Marejada Pavilion.
Falcao, who last saw action in a victory over Gerald Harris at UFC 123, landed a perfect punch to his opponent’s chin during the first exchange and then followed with a barrage of heavy leather. The end came officially at 27 seconds of the opening round.
“Unfortunately it was a fight outside the UFC,” said the Renovacao Fight Team product. “It’s a dream for everyone to fight there. Thank God I got this fight against a tough guy, and I could show my value to everyone again. I hope someday I can return to [the UFC] and display our flag there.”
One of the top athletes in Santa Catarina, Brazil, Ricardo Tirloni electrified the hometown crowd with a vicious head-kick knockout of Mauro Chalet.
A training partner of Thiago Tavares at Ataque Duplo, Tirloni delivered a well-aimed kick to his opponent's face, whose eyes closed immediately upon contact, ending the contest at 1:57 of round one.
“I trained this move in the locker room with Tavares, and I knew I could use it today,” stated a triumphant Tirloni. “During the fight, Thiago shouted for me to try it, and I did it well and knocked him out.”
Flyweight prospect Jose Maria “No Chance” Tome showed Wagner Mexicano a large arsenal of techniques in a one-sided unanimous decision win.
“No Chance” landed a plenty of powerful punches, flying knees and also dominated on the floor.
In other action, Gustavo Efron took a unanimous decision over Dimitri Burgos; Leonardo “Macarrao” Mafra stopped Santiago Ponzinibbio with elbows after 3:17; Franklin Jensen rear-naked choked Christiano “Psicopata” Marques at the four-minute mark of the first round; Rafael “Morcego” Silva did likewise against Jonatan Feitosa with an RNC at 2:42 of round three; Ivan Ceggata stopped Roberto “Cigano” via TKO at 2:21 of the third; Juliano Pin halted Fabiano Rodrigues with punches at 4:37 of round two.
This item was updated at 3:17 p.m. ET on July 11.