If you were confused as to why Maximo Blanco and Pat Healy had a spot on the main card, but the very recently dethroned Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante was fighting a Strikeforce newcomer on the undercard, you were not alone.
It’s not that Healy and Blanco aren’t supremely talented fighters mind you — they are and their scrap last night proved as much — it’s that Cavalcante held the Strikeforce title just one fight ago, and it’s not like he gave it up to Dan Henderson without a fight.
Following his second-round knockout victory over Cuban Olympic wrestler Yoel Romero, Feijao spoke with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani about being placed in a dark match.
“I really don’t understand that. I don’t know why,” the Brazilian said of being relegated to the preliminary card. “Always, I step up to the octagon — everybody knows that — to put on a good show for everyone. I don’t know why this has happened, but I’m not gonna stand here and complain about those things. I do my part. I stepped up again and I knocked the guy out. That’s what I do.”
From here though, Cavalcante wants his respect and a title shot to go along with it; if Dan Henderson sticks around and another Strikeforce belt isn’t vacated, he wants the opportunity to reclaim what was once so briefly his.
“I want a chance for the title shot again,” said Feijao. “If Dan Henderson will stay here in Strikeforce I want a rematch. I know I can be better than that. If Strikeforce gives me the opportunity to be there, for sure I will be. I would really like to be there.”