Strikeforce Barnett vs. Kharitonov Play-by-Play: Rafael Feijao Cavalcante vs. Yoel Romero

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Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Yoel Romero (light heavyweight)

Round 1: Not much action in the opening couple minutes of the fight, the crowd booing. Feijao finally lands a strong kick, but Romero immediately dances away from him, avoiding a superman punch. Romero is circling away, bouncing around, but avoiding any engagement with Feijao, who maintains the center of the cage. Feijao darts out and lands another strong leg kick, but misses with the body shot. Referee Dan Miragliotta stops the fight briefly to warn Romero for something, not sure what. The round closes without much else of note. scores round one 10-9 for Feijao

Round 2: Feijao lands a kick about 30 seconds into the round. Romero is taunting Feijao, but still not doing much to engage, until he catches Feijao with a low kick to the groin, which briefly halts the fight. Romero shoots on Feijao, pressing him to the cage and finally opens up with knees and punches, rocking Feijao. They separate and Romero shoots and takes Feijao down, but they’re immediately back to their feet, Romero pressing Feijao into the cage. They separate and go back to Feijao stalking Romero, but little by way of exchanges for about a minute. They clinch up on the fence and Feijao scores a hard takedown of Romero. He lets him right back to his feet, however. They clinch and Romero unleashes a few elbows before they separate and move to the center of the cage again. Feijao drops Romero with a spinning backfist, Romero gets back up, but Feijao unleashes a knee that puts him down and out on his back.

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante def. Yoel Romero by KO (Knee) at 4:51, R2

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