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Rafael Cavalcante suffers broken arm in Strikeforce win, may need surgery

Though a good deal of the MMA world’s attention has turned its focus towards the health of Grand Prix finalist Dan Cormier’s hand, like the AKA product, another talented athlete exited last weekend’s “Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov” event with an important victory in addition to a significant injury that could keep him sidelined for months.

Former light heavyweight champ Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante revealed his unfortunate condition to Tatame shortly after knocking Olympic silver medalist Yoel Romero Palacio out earlier in the evening.

“I couldn’t do my best because I broke my arm on the first round,” Cavalcante explained. “When I tried to punch him, he dodged and my forearm hit his head and broke. I went to the hospital after the fight to do an X-ray and it’s really broken.”

Though “Feijao” expressed his interest in an eventual rematch with Muhammed Lawal, his immediate future appears far too uncertain to know when, or even if, the fight will take place.

“I’m coming back to Rio for a surgery,” the Brazilian replied when asked about what was next for him. “My doctor told me this injury might require a surgery, so I’m coming back to Rio to do it. I want to keep (training hard) and return as soon as possible.”

Cavalcante’s win over Palacio came in his first fight since losing the divisional title to Dan Henderson this past March. The well-rounded 30-year old improved his record to 11-3 with the performance. Remarkably, all of his wins have come via some form of stoppage including ten TKOs despite his high-level of BJJ knowledge.


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