Strikeforce: Hamman out; "Feijao" vs. Kyle Likely

by John Morgan | source:

Rafael-Feijao-Cavalcante.jpg" />Light-heavyweight prospect Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (7-1) is once again without an opponent for his June 6 Strikeforce debut, as opponent Jared Hamman (10-1) has been forced out of the bout with an unspecified injury suffered in training.

Additional sources close to the event have revealed Mike Kyle (11-6-1) is the leading candidate to fill in for Hamman on the preliminary card of the "Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields" event.

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BillyRayChubbs site profile image  

5/27/09 2:05 PM by BillyRayChubbs

 Um...YEA!!!! WTF??? Bobby should be number ONE for opponents chosen for this fight.

ECC170 site profile image  

5/27/09 12:28 PM by ECC170

^^^^ Orcus is 100 on that one...I'd love to see Rafael tested against a quality fighter in Bobby!

orcus site profile image  

5/27/09 12:25 PM by orcus

 Is there some reason they do not seem to be considering Bobby Southworth for this fight? The former champ who was beating Babalu before getting cut by an elbow?

Heddy site profile image  

5/27/09 12:08 PM by Heddy

I believe Babalu and his wife just had a baby and he wanted to spend time with them. I found the source:  The light heavyweight title fight scheduled for the Strikeforce card on June 6 has been postponed as the champion, Renato "Babalu" Sobral, has been forced out of the bout with the due date of his child being born falling too close to the fight. His opponent, Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante will remain on the card against an as of yet unnamed opponent. The news was announced on MMAWeekly Radio Monday night by Feijao's manager, Ed Soares, who said that his fighter is still expected to be on the card, but still hopeful to get a shot at the title upon Babalu's return later this year. Sobral's manager, Richard Wilner, later confirmed the postponement. "When the fight was originally proposed, it was for a May date that was kind of up in the air. Strikeforce used that date for the (Sho MMA: Strikeforce Challengers) show, then told us the date was going to change to June 6," he told "We basically said okay, but about three days after that, the doctor's confirmed that Babalu's baby was meant to be born on May 24. Then we immediately told Scott Coker and Strikeforce. The fight was then postponed to the August show." Sobral won the title in November 2008 after defeating former champion Bobby Southworth by TKO due to a cut on his opponent's head. The fight against Feijao was supposed to be his first title defense since capturing the belt. Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante will step into the June 6 card on a three-fight win streak, with his only career loss coming by way of disqualification while competing for the International Fight League. While with EliteXC, Feijao compiled a 3-0 record defeating opponents like Travis Galbraith and Wayne Cole, before having his contract purchased by Strikeforce as a part of the Elite XC buyout. Soares didn't know at the time who Feijao would face, but Strikeforce will likely try to find an opponent soon with the card just over 5 weeks away. Stay tuned to for more information on this story as it develops.

ECC170 site profile image  

5/27/09 12:00 PM by ECC170

What happend to Feijao vs Babalu?...Feijao is def. Top 15 at LHW

Mad Xyientist site profile image  

5/27/09 10:10 AM by Mad Xyientist

Yikes.  That bout is cursed. I guess its not such a tragedy that bout isn't on the broadcast portion, Feijao will absolutely kill Mike Kyle.