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Feijao now fighting Ovince St. Preux not King Mo

Best80smovieRAD2011-04-15 07:16:00 +0000 #1
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Down but not out.

There's an interesting light heavyweight battle brewing for the upcoming Strikeforce event in July, as former 205-pound champion Rafael Cavalcante looks to get back on his horse and gallop his way back into title contention by stifling the progress of surging up-and-comer Ovince St. Preux.

MMA Fighting brought word of the unofficial match-up earlier today.

Cavalcante (10-3) reached the summit of the light heavyweight division by wasting "King" Mo Lawal at Strikeforce: "Houston" in late 2010. His title reign was short lived however, as "Dangerous" Dan Henderson dropped an "H-bomb" on his Brazilian chin just over a month ago to claim the strap.

Can "Feijao" return to form and work his way back into the title hunt?

St. Preux (10-4) is currently on a roll, winning his last seven fights. His three most recent wins under the Strikeforce banner, however, have been the most impressive.

Antwain Britt, Benji Radach and Ron Humphrey have all fallen via decision to the "Vol" alum. Prior to decision mania, St. Preux finished four straight opponents within the first round.

He'll likely have to get back to finishing fights this summer because taking a decision from Cavalcante would appear to be next to impossible ... unless St. Preux's chin is out of this world.

Then again, you know the old saying. Anything can (and usually does) happen in this sport.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information on the upcoming Strikeforce event in July, which has yet to be announced by the promotion but is expected to feature the return of heavyweight attraction Fedor Emelianenko.


Best80smovieRAD2011-04-15 07:31:36 +0000 #2
i wonder who King Mo is fighting

Are they maybe keeping him sidelined for Hendo in case Fedor doesn't fight?
danl082011-04-15 07:44:51 +0000 #3
I saw OSP's last fight and he did look very good. The issue, as always with Strikeforce, is whether or not his opponent was at all a challenge for him (and I was thinking of the Radich fight)
Vanno2011-04-15 07:28:15 +0000 #4
I rather this than a rematch anyway, as I think Mo would be a little less aggressive, and probably just win a on points. In this match, it is hard not to see a finish. OSP has a tendency to deplete the old gas tank, and will probably be canvased in 3, maybe late 2. I could also see OSP going in for the kill early. Either way, I like this match up, and it will be a good win for either fighter.
Tallica19812011-04-15 07:39:06 +0000 #5
I think Feijao is too much for OSP right now. I think Feijao wins handily and Strikeforce kills a good prospect. With all of Zuffa's connections they should be able to bring some mid level guys in to bulk up the roster a bit in the classes where Strikforce is lacking. They have have a huge list of guys they can call on last minute. Why not give these guys a nice home to thicken up some of Strikforce's divisions instead of giving OSP a guy who just lost the belt.
Vanno2011-04-15 08:36:42 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Tallica1981

I think Feijao is too much for OSP right now. I think Feijao wins handily and Strikeforce kills a good prospect. With all of Zuffa's connections they should be able to bring some mid level guys in to bulk up the roster a bit in the classes where Strikforce is lacking. They have have a huge list of guys they can call on last minute. Why not give these guys a nice home to thicken up some of Strikforce's divisions instead of giving OSP a guy who just lost the belt.

Hmm. I just don't know about all that. OSP is a beastly guy, and even if he loses, it isn't like his career is over. They can feed him some more cans to build him up again, or maybe let him go on a Goldberg run in the UFC, where his history will be a bit more obscure.

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