Strikeforce may not currently have a light heavyweight champion but the organization will certainly name a top contender to the title if not uncrowned king next month when Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante clashes with Mike Kyle in San Jose. The fight is also a rematch of a 2009 meeting between the two seeing Kyle emerge victorious after scoring a second round TKO.
The match-up, confirmed by Strikeforce, puts the talented 205ers on the same May 19 card as lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez’s defense against Josh Thomson and the Grand Prix final between heavyweights Daniel Cormier-Josh Barnett.
Cavalcante is a world-class grappler known for knocking opponents out with ten TKOs in his eleven total wins. Among the adversaries he’s stopped with strikes are Antwain Britt, Aaron Rosa, and Muhammed Lawal.
The 19-8 Kyle is also a hard-hitting competitor with thirteen TKOs to his credit. The American Kickboxing Academy athlete has emerged with his hand raised in nine of his last eleven bouts with both losses coming to ranked heavyweights Antonio Silva and Fabricio Werdum respectively.
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MMATraining Take: To take from Brock Lesnar’s vocabulary, this is Strikeforce making “chicken-salad out of chicke-sh*t”. Strikeforce’s light heavyweight division has 4-5 respectable guys, tops, so it makes sense to have two of the best fight (especially with their history).