A Strikeforce light heavyweight title defense by Renato “Babalu” Sobral against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante that had been scheduled for June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO has been postponed.
According to a report by MMA Weekly Radio, the Sobral vs. Cavalcante match was called off several weeks ago due to the fact that Sobral’s wife is scheduled to give birth on or around May 24.
MMAWeekly.com quotes Sobral’s manager Richard Wilner as saying that Sobral originally consented to the match vs. Feijao for a tentative May date that later was booked at a ShoMMA event. Soon after learning that Strikeforce had moved the title fight to June 6, Strikeforce officials were informed about Sobral’s lack of availability and moved the fight to a date in August.
In the interim, Feijao is expected to remain on the June 6 event against an unnamed opponent.
Feijao, 7-1, has not competed since EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event this past July. Facing then-King of the Cage light heavyweight champion Travis Galbraith, Feijao improved his win streak to three after recording a TKO at 3:01 of round 1. The former IFL veteran went 3-0 while competing under the EliteXC banner with all victories coming via TKO or KO in the first round.
Sobral, 32-7, is currently on a five fight win streak that includes winning the Strikeforce light heavyweight title following a first round TKO victory over then-champion Bobby Southworth during Strikeforce’s “Destruction” event this past November.
The former UFC veteran has also recorded wins on both of Affliction’s events. Facing Mike Whitehead at “Affliction: Banned” this past July, Sobral recorded a unanimous decision win. His most recent fight took place in January at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning,” where he submitted Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou with a Brabo choke at 2:36 of round 2.
Strikeforce’s June 6 event will be headlined by former EliteXC champion Robbie Lawler facing former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields. A welterweight bout between Phil Baroni and Joe Riggs is set to be featured for the event as well.