Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Cavalcante
This should be a good one, as Thiago Silva (14-3) takes on Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (11-3). Both fighters are coming off suspensions for banned substances, and they have history, as well. The referee will be Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: Quickly they head to the center of the Octagon. This one could halt our submission streak, but likely continue our finish streak. Solid inside leg kick by Silva, Cavalcante fires back with a front kick. Combo from Cavalcante backs Silva up, and he quickly returns fire. Another combo and we have a brawl about to break out between these two Brazilians. Working the body is Cavalcante with stiff jabs. Silva catches him with a comeback hook, and fires off a pair of kicks. Huge right hand from Cavalcante just misses, as does a combo from Silva. Silva catches him with a combo and continues to come forward as Cavalcante is backing up a bit now. Silva tells the crowd to get into it and he attacks, finishing off Cavalcante with a quick flurry and even mimicking a “go to sleep” routine inside the Octagon.
Thiago Silva def. Rafael Cavalcante via knockout (strikes) at 4:29 of Round 1