Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante rebounded from a loss to Dan Henderson that cost him the Strikeforce light heavyweight title by toppling Yoel Romero this past weekend on the undercard of Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov.
Now, Cavalcante hopes a strong end to 2011 will turn into a career year in 2012.
First, though, the 30-year-old Brazilian will travel back home to fix a broken arm suffered during the win over Romero that improved his record to 11-3.
“I’m coming back to Rio for a surgery…My doctor told me this injury might require surgery,” said “Feijao,” on the injury, “so I’m coming back to Rio to do it. I want to keep my hard trainings on and return as soon as possible.”
Muhammed Lawal, also a former light heavyweight champion in Strikeforce, defeated Roger Gracie on the same card and asked for a rematch with Cavalcante, something he is also interested in.
“Sure, a lot…I want this fight,” Cavalcante said. “If it’s not worth the title, I’m even more ready for it. I don’t know if the belt will have no holder, but it could be worth the title.”
The current Strikeforce 205-pound champion, Dan Henderson, is a free agent. Many reports have him headed to the UFC, leaving the title void.
As for Cavalcante, the status of his broken arm will determine if and when a match with “King Mo” takes place.