Rafael Cavalcante

MMA Fighter

Rafael Cavalcante was born in Ilha Solteira, São Paulo, Brazil on January 11th, 1981 and is the MMA Fighter. At the age of 43, Rafael Cavalcante biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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January 11, 1981
Place of Birth
Ilha Solteira, São Paulo, Brazil
43 years old
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Mixed Martial Artist
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Rafael Cavalcante Life

Rafael Cavalcante (born April 5, 1980) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the light heavyweight division.

He is currently competing for Bellator MMA.

He works with Anderson Silva and Antônio Rodrigo No. No. 19 as part of the Black House camp.

He competed in Strikeforce, where he was crowned Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion at one time.

In Portuguese, his nickname "Feijo" means "bean."

Personal life

Cavalcante was involved in a bar brawl in Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, in June 2016. Cavalcante says a man coercefully grabbed his mother and assaulted him with a friend, who then threatened to murder him. Cavalcante verbally assaulted him and punched him in the chest, according to the other man.


Rafael Cavalcante Career

Mixed martial arts career

Cavalcante made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2006, in the Pantanal Combat tournament, in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil, compiling an undefeated record of 3-0 before being signed by the IFL.

Cavalcante made his promotional debut at IFL: Atlanta, facing veteran Devin Cole whom he defeated via TKO early in the second round. Cavalcante made his next appearance at IFL: Las Vegas, facing fellow Brazilian Márcio Cruz. Cavalcante lost the fight via disqualification in the third round due to illegal upkicks. This was Cavalcante's first professional defeat.

In 2008, Cavalcante began competing for EliteXC, making his debut for the promotion and light heavyweight debut at EliteXC: Street Certified on 16 February 2008, facing John Doyle. Cavalcante won via TKO in the first round.

Cavalcante made his next appearance at EliteXC: Return of the King on 14 June 2008 against veteran Wayne Cole. Cavalcante won via TKO, after knocking down Cole with a series of punches and knees. On 26 July 2008, Cavalcante faced Travis Galbraith, who was given a weeks' notice for the fight, at EliteXC: Unfinished Business. Cavalcante won via knockout in the first round.

Cavalcante was next scheduled to fight for the inaugural EliteXC Light Heavyweight Championship against Cyrille Diabaté in November 2008, but Diabaté pulled out due to an injury, and the event itself was eventually folded as EliteXC closed operations a month before the fight's scheduled date. Cavalcante's contract was later purchased by Strikeforce.

On 6 June 2009, Cavalcante was originally scheduled to face Renato Sobral at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields, but Sobral pulled out due to personal reasons, and was replaced by Jared Hamman, who also pulled out, due to an injury. Cavalcante instead faced UFC veteran Mike Kyle. Cavalcante was handed his first decisive defeat, losing to Kyle via knockout.

On 15 May 2010 Cavalcante knocked out Antwain Britt at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery to become the number one contender for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.

Cavalcante fought against the heavily-touted Muhammed Lawal in Houston, Texas for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship, and defeated Lawal by TKO due to elbows from the clinch at 1:14 of round 3 to become the new Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion.

Cavalcante lost his title to Dan Henderson via third-round TKO, on 5 March 2011.

Cavalcante faced Yoel Romero on 10 September 2011 at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov. He won the fight via KO in the second round.

Feijao fought a rematch against Mike Kyle on 19 May 2012. He avenged his previous defeat by rocking Kyle with a knee and then choked him out with a guillotine choke after 33 seconds in the first round. After the fight he tested positive for the banned substance stanozolol. As a result, the fight was overturned to a "no contest" by the CSAC and he was fined $2,500 and suspended for a year.

Cavalcante made his anticipated UFC debut against Thiago Silva on 8 June 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10. Despite success early in the first round, Cavalcante lost via knock out at the end of the round. Though he lost, he still earned the Fight of the Night bonus along with Silva.

Cavalcante faced Igor Pokrajac on 9 November 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32. He won the fight via submission due to strikes in the first round.

Cavalcante faced Ryan Bader on 14 June 2014 at UFC 174. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Cavalcante faced Patrick Cummins on 1 August 2015 at UFC 190. He lost the back-and-forth fight by TKO due to elbows in the third round.

Cavalcante faced Ovince Saint Preux on 6 February 2016 at UFC Fight Night 82. He lost the fight by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). After his loss to Ovince Saint Preux, he was subsequently released from the promotion.

On 1 July 2017, Cavalcante defeated Dan Konecke via technical knockout in the first round to earn a Bellator MMA contract.