April 5, 1980 |
Ilha Solteira, São Paulo, Brazil
|Other names||Feijão ("Bean")|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lb)
Light Heavyweight (205 lb)
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Rafael Cavalcante (born January 11, 1981) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist competing in the UFC's light heavyweight division. He trains with Anderson Silva and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira as part of the Black House camp. He formerly competed in Strikeforce, where he was at one time Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. He currently competes in the UFC. His nickname "Feijão" (pronounced: [fejˈʒɐ̃w]) means "bean" in Portuguese. As of March 17, 2014, he is #14 in official UFC light heavyweight rankings.
Mixed martial arts career
Rafael Cavalcante has fought in both the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight classes. From 2009 onward, he has focused solely on a career at Light Heavyweight.
Rafael Cavalcante fought against the heavily touted Muhammed Lawal in Houston, Texas for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship, and defeated Lawal by TKO due to elbows from the clinch at 1:14 of round 3 to become the new Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion.
Feijao fought a rematch against Mike Kyle on 19 May 2012. He avenged his previous defeat by rocking Kyle with a knee and then choked him out with a guillotine choke after 33 seconds in the first round. After the fight he tested positive for the banned substance stanozolol. As a result the fight was overturned to a "no contest" by the CSAC and he was fined $2,500 and suspended for a year.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Cavalcante made his anticipated UFC debut against Thiago Silva on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10. Despite success early in the first round, Cavalcante lost via knock out at the end of the round. Though he lost, he still earned the Fight of the Night bonus along with Silva.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||12 wins||4 losses|
|Win||12–4 (1)||Igor Pokrajac||Submission (knees and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson||November 9, 2013||1||1:18||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Loss||11–4 (1)||Thiago Silva||KO (punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum||June 8, 2013||1||4:29||Fortaleza, Brazil||Fight of the Night|
|NC||11–3 (1)||Mike Kyle||NC (banned substance)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier||May 19, 2012||1||0:33||San Jose, California, United States||Original submission win; overturned by CSAC after Cavalcante failed the post-fight drug test.|
|Win||11–3||Yoel Romero||KO (spinning back fist, knee & punches)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov||September 10, 2011||2||4:51||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||10–3||Dan Henderson||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson||March 5, 2011||3||0:50||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Lost the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||10–2||Muhammed Lawal||TKO (punches & elbows)||Strikeforce: Houston||August 21, 2010||3||1:14||Houston, Texas, United States||Won the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||9–2||Antwain Britt||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery||May 15, 2010||1||3:45||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||8–2||Aaron Rosa||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears||November 20, 2009||2||3:35||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||7–2||Mike Kyle||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||June 6, 2009||2||4:05||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||7–1||Travis Galbraith||KO (knees)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||July 26, 2008||1||3:01||Stockton, California, United States|
|Win||6–1||Wayne Cole||TKO (punches)||EliteXC: Return of the King||June 14, 2008||1||2:47||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||5–1||John Doyle||KO (knee to the body)||EliteXC: Street Certified||February 16, 2008||1||2:17||Miami, Florida, United States||Light Heavyweight debut|
|Loss||4–1||Márcio Cruz||DQ (illegal upkick)||IFL: Las Vegas||June 16, 2007||3||3:42||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Disqualified for delivering an illegal upkick|
|Win||4–0||Devin Cole||TKO (punches)||IFL: Atlanta||February 23, 2007||2||0:26||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||3–0||Rubens Xavier||TKO (punches)||MF 5||December 9, 2006||1||2:30||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Miodrag Petković||TKO (knee and punches)||WFC: Europe vs Brazil||May 20, 2006||2||1:37||Koper, Slovenia|
|Win||1–0||Eduardo Maiorino||KO (punches)||Pantanal Combat||February 10, 2006||1||4:13||Cuiaba, Brazil|
- UFC Fighter Rankings
- Strikeforce – Lawler vs. Shields. Sherdog.com (2009-06-06). Retrieved on 2014-01-27.
- Fight Week Live. Sherdog.com (2010-06-16). Retrieved on 2014-01-27.
- Knapp, Brian (March 5, 2011). "Another Title for ‘Hendo’". Sherdog.
- Smith, Michael David (2011-03-05). "Dan Henderson Beats Rafael Feijao Cavalcante, Wins Strikeforce Belt". USA: MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
- "Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante vs. Yoel Romero slotted for Sept. 10 Strikeforce event". mmajunkie.com. 2011-07-21.
- "Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante Tests Positive for Banned Substance Following Mike Kyle Win". mmafighting.com. 2012-06-15.
- Alexander, Mookie (2013-03-10). "Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Cavalcante moved to UFC on Fuel TV 10". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-03-10.
- Staff (2013-09-05). "Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante vs. Igor Pokrajac joins UFC Fight Night 32 lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
- "UFC Fight Night 32: BELFORT X HENDERSON". cabmma.org.br. 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
- Trent Reinsmith (2014-04-03). "Ryan Bader vs. Rafael Cavalcante targeted for UFC 174". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
|5th Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion
August 21, 2010 – March 5, 2011