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Rafael Cavalcante: “I have been working hard for not just this fight, but for my dream, every day for six years.”

It’s logical to think that an individual can’t help but learn a great deal while training with iconic champions of the sport like Anderson Silva and “Minotauro” Nogueira. However, as indicated by Strikeforce light heavyweight contender Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante’s statements during a recent conference call with media, the traits he’s refined alongside his Brazilian countrymen/friends are not limited to purely jiujitsu, wrestling, and striking.

Similar to Silva and Nogueira, Cavalcante displayed a general sense of humility during the conversation and took a business-like approach to his upcoming August 21st bout against current Strikeforce 205-pound champ “King Mo” Lawal rather than opting for trash-talk or self-adulation.

Regarding his development since first embarking on a MMA career, the 9-2 BJJ blackbelt responded, “When you have a job like a fighter you have to learn to be a full-time fighter. That’s what I’ve learned. You eat healthy food and work at maintaining your weight. I have been working hard for not just this fight, but for my dream, every day for six years.”

The native of Sao Paulo also expressed his desire to become completely fluent in English as a means of honoring American fans and avoiding the possibility of misinterpretation. “I think it’s important. It shows respect and I think more of the Americans are learning who I am. (Speaking English) shows what we really feel,” explained Cavalcante. “When you use a translator they never say the same thing you want them to say. It’s just different. When I’m thinking something I can say it exactly the way I want so I think it’s important.”

Talk expectedly turned to his mindset entering the title-fight against Lawal, a former All-American, NCAA Champion wrestler who expressed his supreme confidence at defending against Cavalcante’s high-level jiujitsu during the same phone call.

“I don’t think King Mo is going to want to stay on the ground with me,” responded “Feijao” (who actually has eight of his nine wins by TKO). “I will be ready for whatever style he wants. If he wants to stand up, I will stand up. If he wants to go to the ground, we will go to the ground. I think this fight is going to be a war and the crowd is going to love it.”

In addition to Cavalcante’s attempt at winning the light heavyweight championship and handing Lawal his first professional loss, “Strikeforce – Houston” also features Tim Kennedy vs. Renaldo “Jacare” Souza in a clash for the middleweight title, Bobby Lashley making his return to the Strikeforce cage, and striker KJ Noons testing his hands against jiujitsu blackbelt Jorge Gurgel.

  • MCM says:

    Apparently somebody read my Anderson Silva comment. 😉

    This has all the potential to be a great card, really looking forward to this one.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I got Feijao…

  • Dufresne says:

    Apparently somebody read my Anderson Silva comment. 😉

    You know it was kinda interesting because right after your comment on Silva not speaking English he did a few interviews in English. Maybe you’re more influential than you think MCM…

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Mo, Feijao, Babalu and Mousasi is a good start to a LHW div but just like the WW div it needs a boost. I guess if Arona, Sokadjou, Randleman and O’Brian go to SF for the odd fight it is pretty good.
    As for this fight, who knows. I’ll guess and say Mo via TKO.

  • MCM says:

    “Maybe you’re more influential than you think MCM…”

    – Big John should ref all headline fights in the UFC
    – Fedor needs to sell his shares in M-1 and cut all ties
    – Dana needs to start recognizing the validity of female MMA
    – GSP should finish fights again
    – NYC will legalize MMA before New Years Eve 2011
    – UFC needs to sign on with one of the big 4 major broadcasters for a regular Prime Time show
    – All MMA judges need to be trained to recognize what is happening in the cage so they stop screwing up

    If I missed anything else, ya’ll just let me know and I’ll see what I can do.


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