Touted Brazilian Rafael
“Feijao” Cavalcante will face fellow Pro Elite veteran Jared Hamman
in a featured light heavyweight bout for Strikeforce “Lawler vs.
Shields” on June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Representatives from both fighters’ camps confirmed the bout to
Sherdog.com on Thursday.
The matchup replaces a previously announced tilt for the
Strikeforce light heavyweight title between champion Renato "Babalu"
Sobral and Feijao. Sobral withdrew from the bout last week to
prepare for the birth of his second daughter in late May.
Sobral will defend his title against the winner of the June
Cavalcante (7-1) notched three straight victories in EliteXC and
was on his way to coronation as the promotion’s first 205-pound
champion when the organization all but ceased operations last
A student under UFC and IFL staple Vladimir
Matyushenko, Hamman (10-1) avenged his only blemish to Poai
Suganuma with a firm TKO in 2:34 for ShoXC last August.
Suganama had taken their first match by a controversial 15-second
The June 6 event will be headlined by a middleweight matchup
between former EliteXC 185-pound champ Robbie Lawler
and 170-pound kingpin Jake
Strikeforce “Shields vs. Lawler” airs live on Showtime at 10 p.m.