While a Strikeforce light heavyweight title defense by Renato “Babalu” Sobral against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante that had been scheduled for Strikeforce’s June 6 show is off, Feijao will remain on the card and will instead square off against fellow EliteXC alum Jared Hamman.
The news comes via a report by Loretta Hunt of Sherdog.com.
Feijao and Hamman will square off during the June 6 event to be televised on Showtime and emanating from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO.
Feijao, 7-1, trains under Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Anderson Silva and is 3-0 since moving from heavyweight to light heavyweight. The former veterinarian student from Brazil has not competed since a first round TKO over Travis Galbraith during EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event in Stockton, Calif. in July. The victory marked the third consecutive fight in which Feijao had stopped his opponent in the first round.
Hamman, a former college football standout, is 10-1 since making his MMA debut in April of 2006. He last competed in August during headlining bout on ShoXC against Poai Suganuma. The matchup was a rematch stemming from Hamman’s controversial loss last April to Suganuma, in which the bout was stopped just 15 seconds into the contest after Hamman was the recipitient of a flying knee. Hamman evened the score the second time around by recording a TKO victory over Suganuma at 2:34 of round 1.
Training under former IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko, Hamman has recorded notable wins in his career over Aaron Rosa, Rogent Lloret, as well as PRIDE and UFC veteran Travis Wiuff.
In addition to Hamman vs. Feijao, the June 6 event will be headlined by former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler taking on former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields. Phil Baroni and Joe Riggs are also scheduled to do battle in a welterweight contest.