The newly crowned Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will be putting his championship crown on the line for the first time against dangerous Brazilian striker Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in August.
FiveOuncesofPain.com recently learned of the anticipated match-up through sources close to the promotion.
The title clash is expected to take place on August 21 from Houston, Texas, while no venue for the event has been announced as of this writing.
Undefeated and widely considered to be among the best light heavyweights in the business, Lawal (7-0) stripped the Strikeforce championship from the waist of Gegard Mousasi during “Strikeforce: Nashville” with a convincing one-sided unanimous decision victory on April 17 of this year. While respected as one of the most dangerous wrestler’s in MMA, Lawal has established a reputation as a knockout artist during his less than two years spent in the sport, finishing 5 of his 7 victories via KO or TKO.
Standing across from Mo in his quest to successfully defend his title for the first time will be another 205 lb. fighter with a nasty reputation in the business as a knockout specialist.
More commonly known by his nickname “Feijao”, Cavalcante (9-2-1) has finished 8 of his 9 victims via KO or TKO. Feijao trains out of the highly respected Black House Gym that includes UFC notables such as Anderson Silva and The Nogueira Brothers. He is currently riding a two-fight win streak that includes stoppages of Antwain Britt and Aaron Rosa after being knocked senseless at the hands of Mike Kyle during “Strkeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” in June of 2009.