Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante captures the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title after a Round 3 TKO victory over King MoPosted on August 21, 2010, 11:36 PM by Anton Gurevich
Notorious striker Rafael Feijao became the new Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title, after dethroning Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal via TKO in Round 3. Just like in his fight against Antwain Britt, Feijao showed a great amount of patience, before exploding on his opponent in a deciding moment. Cavalcante did what Gegard Mousasi failed, and that is stopping King Mo's takedowns, forcing his gameplan on the previously undefeated Champ.
The fight was a complete opposite from Tim Kennedy vs Ronaldo Souza, as both King Mo and Rafael Cavalcante were looking for the finish early on. With only a small portion of successful takedown attempts, King Mo was forced to stand with Feijao. In fact, Mo showed an impressive chin and a pretty good striking, but Feijao's heavy hands were too much for Mo in Round 3.
Mo landed like a sack of potatoes on the canvas after a good combo from Feijao, as it was clear that it will be extremely tough for the Champ to recover from such a blow. Still, the referee John McCarthy did a good decision by giving the Champ an opportunity to grind it back, but Feijao's rain of elbows and hammerfists forced "Big John" to end the contest after just one minute and fifteen seconds from the start of the round.
With 9 knockouts out of his 10 wins, Rafael Cavalcante is definitely a forced to be reckoned with. It will be interesting to see who Strikeforce put up against Feijao as his next title defense, with Babalu Sobral and Dan Henderson possibly fighting for a title shot. As for King Mo, the battle is lost, but the war is just beginning. Lawal is still a young fighter with a bright future ahead of him. A tweak in his game will bring him quickly back to the top. The mental toughness is there, as well as skill. I will not be surprised if King Mo and Cavalcante meet again in 2011.