Former Strikeforce champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante snapped a string of losses by South American fighters Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 32, dropping heavy knees on Igor Pokrajac.
Several more right hands were enough for Cavalcante, who earned his first UFC victory. He lost to Thiago Silva in his Octagon debut earlier this year. The contest was ruled a submission win for Feijao due to strikes.
As a member of Team Nogueira, Cavalcante is gifted with several elite training partners, including former UFC champions Anderson Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
“I was worried about his clinch, but I knew I had my clinch, as well,” he said. “I train with Anderson Silva and Big Nog.”
With the win, Cavalcante improved to 12-4 in his career with one no-contest. The victory was his first since a 2011 triumph over Yoel Romero in Strikeforce via knockout.
Pokrajac is now 25-11 and 0-3 with one no-contest in his last four. He hasn’t won since 2012 when he topped Fabio Maldonado.