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)|
Heavyweight (265 lb) |
Light heavyweight (205 lb)
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|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 April 5, 1980) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who fights in the light heavyweight division. He is currently competing for Bellator MMA. 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. His nickname "Feijão" (pronounced [fejˈʒɐ̃w]) means "bean" in Portuguese. Rafael was the first man to have defeated UFC number-one middleweight contender, Yoel Romero.
Cavalcante is from São Paulo, Brazil and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 10. Cavalcante also studied veterinary medicine for five years at the Universidade de Cuiaba - UNIC in his adopted hometown of Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, and it was the legendary Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira who personally convinced Cavalcante's father to allow his son to give up his medical career, in order to focus solely on training for a career in professional fighting under the tutelage of Nogueira. Cavalcante began training at Nogueira's gym daily, alongside the likes of Anderson Silva, André Galvão, and Nogueira's twin brother, Antônio Rogério Nogueira.
Mixed martial arts career
Cavalcante made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2006, in the Pantanal Combat tournament, in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil, compiling an undefeated record of 3-0 before being signed by the IFL.
Cavalcante made his promotional debut at IFL: Atlanta, facing veteran Devin Cole whom he defeated via TKO early in the second round. Cavalcante made his next appearance at IFL: Las Vegas, facing fellow Brazilian Márcio Cruz. Cavalcante lost the fight via disqualification in the third round due to illegal upkicks. This was Cavalcante's first professional defeat.
In 2008, Cavalcante began competing for EliteXC, making his debut for the promotion and light heavyweight debut at EliteXC: Street Certified on February 16, 2008, facing John Doyle. Cavalcante won via TKO in the first round.
Cavalcante made his next appearance at EliteXC: Return of the King on June 14, 2008 against veteran Wayne Cole. Cavalcante won via TKO, after knocking down Cole with a series of punches and knees. On July 26, 2008, Cavalcante faced Travis Galbraith, who was given a weeks' notice for the fight, at EliteXC: Unfinished Business. Cavalcante won via knockout in the first round.
Cavalcante was next scheduled to fight for the inaugural EliteXC Light Heavyweight Championship against Cyrille Diabaté in November 2008, but Diabaté pulled out due to an injury, and the event itself was eventually folded as EliteXC closed operations a month before the fight's scheduled date. Cavalcante's contract was later purchased by Strikeforce.
On June 6, 2009, Cavalcante was originally scheduled to face Renato Sobral at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields, but Sobral pulled out due to personal reasons, and was replaced by Jared Hamman, who also pulled out, due to an injury. Cavalcante instead faced UFC veteran Mike Kyle. Cavalcante was handed his first decisive defeat, losing to Kyle via knockout.
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.
Cavalcante faced Ovince Saint Preux on February 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 82. He lost the fight by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). After his loss to Ovince Saint Preux, he was subsequently released from the promotion
In June 2016, Cavalcante was involved in a bar fight at a country music bar in Cuiaba, Mato Grosso. In a police report, Cavalcante claims a man forcefully grabbed his girlfriend and along with a friend threatened to kill him. The other man stated Cavalcante verbally abused him and punched him in the face. 
Championships and accomplishments
- Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time)
- 2010 All-Violence Second Team
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||13 wins||7 losses|
|Win||13–7 (1)||Dan Konecke||TKO (punches)||World Fight Tour 7: Road To Bellator||July 1, 2017||1||4:10||Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain|
|Loss||12–7 (1)||Ovince Saint Preux||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson||February 6, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12–6 (1)||Patrick Cummins||TKO (elbows)||UFC 190||August 1, 2015||3||0:45||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||12–5 (1)||Ryan Bader||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 174||June 14, 2014||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|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 (overturned)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier||May 19, 2012||1||0:33||San Jose, California, United States||Originally a submission (guillotine choke) win for Cavalcante; overturned after he tested positive for stanozolol.|
|Win||11–3||Yoel Romero||KO (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 and 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||TKO (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||TKO (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|
|Win||4–0||Devin Cole||TKO (punches)||IFL: Atlanta||February 23, 2007||2||0:26||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||3–0||Rubens Xavier||Submission (punches)||MF 5||December 9, 2006||1||2:30||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Miodrag Petkovic||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||Cuiabá, Brazil|
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- "Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
- 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. Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
- Trent Reinsmith (2014-04-03). "Ryan Bader vs. Rafael Cavalcante targeted for UFC 174". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
- Alex Schlinsky (2015-05-22). "Patrick Cummins vs Rafael Cavalcante set for UFC 190 in Brazil". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2015-05-22.
- Matt Erickson (2015-08-01). "UFC 190 results: Patrick Cummins devastates Rafael Cavalcante with elbows". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
- Staff (2015-12-16). "Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante meets Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
- Steven Marrocco (2016-02-06). "UFC Fight Night 82 results: Injured Ovince Saint Preux dominates Rafael Cavalcante". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "Bellator improves light heavyweight roster with former Strikeforce champ, UFC vet "Feijao"".
| 5th Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion
August 21, 2010 – March 5, 2011