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Arrests of the Day [UPDATED]: Maiquel Falcao Picked Up for Assault, Joey Villasenor Becomes Victim of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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(Luckily, Falcao listed a prescription for assault on his pre-fight medicals. Photo courtesy of

Maybe that video of Maiquel Falcao‘s savage and prolonged beating of an old opponent should have served as a warning that the dude is a bit of a loose cannon. According to Diario Popular (via MMA Mania) Falcao was arrested on a corporal assault charge today in Pelotas, Brazil, by local police. The Chute Boxe prospect was pinched after giving an interview to Grupo Brasil de Comunicação, and offered no resistance while being arrested, according to witnesses. No other details have been released yet, but we’ll update you when we know more. From MMA Junkie:

The Brazilian native was detained after a warrant for his arrest was issued in relation to a 2002 assault charge. confirmed with Falcao’s management that the fighter is currently incarcerated, though the Chute Boxe product hopes to be released as soon as today. According to Falcao’s camp, the Brazilian was ordered in 2002 to serve a 24-month house-arrest sentence. After eight months, Falcao moved to a new home, though his lawyer advised him that the Brazilian authorities would have no issue with him completing the sentence in a new location. Today, Falcao returned to his hometown, as he reportedly has several times since 2002, but authorities elected to take him into custody…[Falcao's] camp did insist the matter was unlikely to affect his Octagon career.

Oddly enough, Falcao’s bust wasn’t the only MMA-related assault case in the news today. After the jump, an MMA fighter finds himself on the receiving end of a weird dust-up in Albuquerque…

Deadspin passes along an Albuquerque Journal article informing us that Team Jackson slugger Joey Villasenor was "battered" by his ex-girlfriend, Ilana Gold, after a surprise meeting at his home. As the story goes

Joey Villaseñor summoned Albuquerque police because he was "afraid." According to the Journal’s report, Villaseñor alleged his ex-girlfriend, 30-year-old KOAT-TV reporter and former professional figure skater Ilana Gold, pulled a drawstring out of his hooded sweatshirt and refused to hand over a garage door opener during an argument. Villaseñor also alleged Gold had called his cell phone excessively and waited outside his home for him to return before the altercation.

Man, Holly Holm is not going to be happy when she hears about this. Ilana Gold was booked on charges of battery against a household member and larceny. It should be noted that Gold stands 5 feet tall and weighs 110 pounds, but was still down to tangle with Villasenor, a six-foot middleweight. You can’t teach that kind of gameness. 

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justscrappin- December 5, 2010 at 11:42 am on.
Ballkick- December 4, 2010 at 7:43 am
Villasenor is a smart man for phoning the cops and not doing what so many men in similar situations might have.
Miss Gold was clearly setting this situation up to her benefit, many women use the domestic abuse laws as a means to exacerbate and justify to others that their boyfriend/husband really is the bad guy. She wanted Villasenor to get violent so she could look like a victim to outsiders.
Despite the bias media and societies one sided view on domestic abuse, the fact of the matter is, abusive people come in both genders.
Villasenor is the victim here and wasn't stupid enough to be goaded into retaliating on a crazy bitch, who most likely wanted a legal reason to fuck him over.
Pissed off women are extremely resourceful when exacting revenge.
Tristan- December 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm
"It should be noted that Gold stands 5 feet tall and weighs 110 pounds, but was still down to tangle with Villasenor, a six-foot middleweight. You can't teach that kind of gameness."

Sure you can. All it takes is an entire lifetime of people not being allowed to hit you. I've never met a woman who was afraid to fight a guy, no matter how afraid she SHOULD be.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm
Mamando juevos! Estilo de Chael para Pelotas!
vaicavalo- December 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm
@mt59801 funny thing is this town is famous here in Brazil as the 'gayest town of the country'
LAS- December 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm
Wow, Morningwood, I see you have not given up on your attempt to beat the "Chael Sonnen's balls" joke category to death in less than 24 hours.
Meaot- December 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm
Zzz, Villasenor did the only thing he could in that situation. She's clearly a crazy bitch. If you try to just kick her out, you can be sure she's gonna be the one calling the cops and alleging assault. Who do you think they're gonna believe? The woman or the 200lb guy whose job is to beat the shit out of people?
mt59801- December 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm
Pelotas............. my spanglish is a little rusty and they speak Portuguese but WTF they have a town named "Balls"
Mofo- December 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm
+1 for the Gus Johnson reference
Waxedpants- December 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Smitty- December 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm
Thats what I was thinkin dhx711.
dhx711- December 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Good for Joey kepping it "Classey". If he handled it any different we'd be reading an article titled "UFC Fighter assaults ex"
SnallTrippin- December 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm
+1 Fried Taco.
Fail Sonnen- December 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm
Wow...pelotas are getting a lot of press these days. First, it was about Chael Sonnen's pelotas being too small, now Falcao is arrested in Pelotas.
Morningwood- December 3, 2010 at 11:48 am
we'll see if falco can hold onto his UFC job as long as he did the choke he wouldn't let go of.
Morningwood- December 3, 2010 at 11:46 am
Morningwood- December 3, 2010 at 11:46 am
Falco's sportsmanship is soooo small, you can fit it and Chael's balls into a extra small jock!!!
Mr_Misanthropy- December 3, 2010 at 11:44 am
^No I have not, but I have just recently learned that he had been receiving Christmas cards from Michael Jackson for the last 22 years...
Morningwood- December 3, 2010 at 11:44 am
So at the wiegh ins when Falco told Harris, "this is the closest you will get to me in the third round." Everyone laughed, not knowing how true it would turn out to be.
Austin3210- December 3, 2010 at 11:42 am
Double post
El Famous Burrito- December 3, 2010 at 11:40 am
She tore the drawstring out of his sweatshirt so he couldn't hang himself while she slowly clicked the garage door opener, making no effort to skip past the boring stages of openness.
El Famous Burrito- December 3, 2010 at 11:39 am
@Fried Taco

The guy he assaulted probably recognized him on TV.

Hey, that's the guy! The guy that beat me up for a while, then stayed 4 feet in front of me while I held my eye and tried to circle towards the door.

Austin3210- December 3, 2010 at 11:38 am
Ilana Gold for P4P best in the world.

Time to update rankings.
Videodrome_NOW- December 3, 2010 at 11:37 am
In other news: Have you seen Chael Sonnen's balls recently.....
Videodrome_NOW- December 3, 2010 at 11:35 am
^^Those were great. No need to try and compete with those.