UFC 162 Update: Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante vs. Thiago Silva Added to Fight Card

March 6, 2013
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Feijao vs Thiago SilvaFormer Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante will finally make his way to the Octagon at UFC 162 when he squares off with fellow Brazilian Thiago Silva.

The bout has been verbally agreed to according to MMAWeekly.com sources. The rumored bout was first reported by MMAFighting.com.

Feijao (11-3) had a strong run in Strikeforce, accumulating a 4-2 record. He defeated Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal for the 205-pound title, but then lost it to former Pride champion Dan Henderson.

Feijao bounced back with victories over Yoel Romero and Mike Kyle. The California State Athletic Commission later changed the win over Kyle to a no contest after Feijao tested positive for Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid.

He was fined $2,500 and suspended for one year following a controversial commission hearing.  The suspension concludes on May 19.

Silva (14-3) is also entering this fight coming off of a suspension.

He had his submission victory over Stanislav Nedkov at UFC on Fuel TV 6 changed to a no contest and he was suspended for six months after testing positive for marijuana metabolites following the fight. His suspension runs its course on May 10.

Silva’s job is likely on the line with this fight. He is 1-3 with 2 no contests in his last six fights in the UFC. Aside from the suspension following the Nedkov fight, Silva also had a unanimous decision over Brandon Vera changed to a no contest after his post-fight drug test sample was determined to be a sample “inconsistent with human urine.” He admitted to using a urine adulterant to mask injections that he took prior to the fight to alleviate pain in his injured back.

Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman headlines the UFC 162 fight card on July 6 in Las Vegas with Silva’s UFC middleweight championship on the line.

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  • Lesnarenko

    Awesome welcoming fight for Feijao. Evenly matched!

    Why isn’t Dana giving Mousasi an easier welcoming fight than Gustaffson? Give Mousasi someone like T. Silva, Glover, Wagner Prado (who is no longer in the UFC), or Cain Luiz.

    • Collideoverme

      Little late for that don’t you think?

      • Lesnarenko

        Yes, it is a moot point.

        As to Lucas, while I agree that Mousasi is a notch above Feijao, I do think that if the UFC is serious about promoting Mousasi, it should give him an easier fight than Gustafson.

        I know that Mousasi called out Lyoto, Shogun, and Gustafson…so maybe he or his manager should have thought things through.

        Why not ask for Luis Cain, Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, or any other top 15~20 LHW?

        Forrest Griffin would have been a good opponent for Mousasi to get his feet wet.

        • GoNoles

          rich franklin

        • shakejunt

          strikeforce guys have been getting tall orders in their debuts and with that have shown they do belong if the ufc. it’s not like it’s a mismatch.

    • Lucas Freire

      Because Gegard has a better record than Feijao. And he also has more fame than Feijao

  • Wow what a match up. Two very scary men. Even though Silva has had some issues a win over him is a solid win.

  • jojo

    Gee… I’m surprised that Thiago “Can’t pass a drug test” Silva is still fighting.. especially for Dana’s clean UFC.