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July 2, 2012
Another MMA Fighter Busted for Steroids
Rafael Cavalcante appeared to be ready for another shot at the Strikeforce light heavyweight title when he submitted heavy-handed Mike Kyle in just 0:33 seconds last month. However, following the victory the California State Athletic Commission revealed that Rafael Cavalcante tested positive for the use of stanozolol metabolites, a form of anabolic steroid. Rafael Cavalcante truly made a name for himself when he defeated Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal back in 2010 to capture the Strikeforce light heavyweight title. In that fight he showcased near impregnable takedown defense and a dangerous striking arsenal. He ventured into the top ten of light heavyweight rankings but was quickly sent back to the minor leagues when Dan Henderson knocked him out in less than a minute. Feijao seemed to be gaining momentum again, knocking out Yoel Romero Palacio, and submitting the aforementioned Mike Kyle. He was being seriously considered to fight for the vacant Strikeforce light heavyweight title against Gegard Mousasi until the CSAC discovered he was using banned substances. Not only is this a blow to Rafael Cavalcante's career, but to Strikeforce as well. The promotion has already surrendered several of their best fighters and champions to the UFC. Fighters such as, Dan Henderson, Alistair Overeem, and Nick Diaz. Without any viable contenders in their near empty light heavyweight division, Gegard Mousasi will now either need to sit out a while and wait for a legitimate opponent to appear, or alternatively take his mixed martial arts career elsewhere. Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante now faces a one year suspension from mixed martial arts and also a $2,500 fine. Other fighters that have been recently busted for use of prohibited substances include: Chris Leben, Alistair Overeem, Thiago Silva, and Cris "Cyborg" Santos. http://www.business2community.com/sports/another-mma-fighter-busted-for-steroids-now-rafael-cavalcante-0207868