While Strikeforce light heavyweight Muhammed Lawal’s failed drug test may have been disappointing to fans, few outsiders took the news as hard as his 205-pound peer Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Cavalcante, who hasn’t fought since mid-September, was expected to face Lawal for claim to the division’s vacant belt and has since been left in limbo.

However, while Cavalcante was looking forward to a shot at beating Lawal for the gold, the Brazilian has since moved on and expects to fight again in a little over a month.

“I’ll probably fight in April,” said the 31-year old to TATAME. “I was training to fight ‘King Mo’ for the title, but it was canceled and I decided to back off. I want to fight more, that’s all. If they give me three fights a year, I’m good to go.”

Though Cavalcante would certainly love for his next bout to remain a championship clash he also understands there is a distinct lack of legitimate contenders on the Strikeforce roster.

“Who would be my opponent for the title fight? Of course I would like to do it, but it’s unlikely,” he explained. “I think they will put me to fight one more time before I fight for the title.”

Cavalcante holds an overall record of 11-3 with all of his wins involving some form of stoppage. He has won four of his last five fights including a third round TKO of Lawal in August 2010.


MMATraining Take: It’s nice to see Cavalcante being realistic about his situation though it is also a reminder of how poorly constructed the Strikeforce roster is. Outside of Nate Marquardt the organization has done absolutely nothing to reinforce their depth after watching the heavyweight division depart for the UFC alongside a number of its champions.