Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante and Gegard Mousasi Likely for Vacant Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title

Written by Tom Ngo
May 20th, 2012

Rafael Feijao Cavalcante

Strikeforce is taking significant steps toward becoming whole once again. Just hours after announcing Nate Marquardt and Tyron Woodley would battle for their vacant welterweight title, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker reported the company is close to completing the final piece to their champion puzzle.

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante’s (Pictured) 33-second disposal of Mike Kyle on Saturday night certainly helped in clarifying things.

“I think that the likely candidate that you’ll see in the future at some point is Gegard Mousasi,” Coker said at the post-fight press conference of Cavalcante’s next possible opponent. “When and if that fight happens, I think that’s a natural progression for Feijao.”

Like Cavalcante, Mousasi once donned the Strikeforce light heavyweight crown. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal took the strap from the Armenian in April 2010, which Cavalcante promptly snatched away just four months later.

Feijao immediately lost the title to Dan Henderson and the belt has been sitting all by its lonesome self ever since Henderson abandoned it to sign with the UFC in late 2011.

Mousasi is currently on the mend from a torn ACL in his knee and isn’t expected to be back in action anytime soon. Once “The Dreamcatcher” is prepared to go, Strikeforce will be ready to make the shootout a reality.

“We’re going to wait for him to heal up and hopefully put that fight together,” Coker said.

After a 205-pound king is crowned, Strikeforce will finally have a champion in every division.

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