Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante made a statement Saturday night at the Strikeforce Grand Prix Final, disposing of former adversary Mike Kyle in prompt fashion. Cavalcante, who was knocked out by Kyle back in 2009, bull-rushed in on his foe, did damage with a knee, and locked in a choke after Kyle tried to power his way out, scoring a 33-second submission victory.
With the Strikeforce light heavyweight title still vacant since Dan Henderson departed for the UFC, the win could have been the perfect way for Cavalcante to proclaim himself a contender. However, in case his bosses weren’t watching, the Brazilian took it a step further.
“I want the belt,” said Cavalcante in the post-fight interview.
“Feijao” has lost only to Kyle and Henderson since 2007, scoring victories over Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Antwain Britt among others during that time.
While nothing has been made official, it appears Strikeforce is looking to pair Gegard Mousasi up with another member of the division to crown a champion with that party likely being “Feijao”. Mousasi is currently on the sidelines due to knee surgery.
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