It seems as though Strikeforce can’t catch a break these days. Already suffering from an exodus of talent and dwindling attendance, the organization has now lost one of their premier light heavyweights after word surfaced Rafael Cavalcante had tested positive for a banned substance after a May match-up with Mike Kyle. Cavalcante won the fight by way of TKO.

As a result he has been fined $2,500 and suspended for a year. No news was provided in terms of the actual drug “Feijao” tested positive for. He is expected to appeal the CSAC’s punishment.

Max Boxing was first to report the Brazilian’s status.

Cavalcante is a former Strikeforce champion and was likely headed for a showdown with Gegard Mousasi for the vacant title. He holds a 12-3 record with all of his wins involving some form of finish.


MMATraining Take: Based on it being a yearlong suspension I’m guessing he tested positive for some sort of performance enhancing drug rather than a recreational substance. Regardless, it’s not only a shame Strikeforce is taking it on the chin again, but that a guy with Cavalcante’s talents is willing to risk throwing it all away with drug use.