Pictured: Rafael Cavalcante.
The light heavyweights were in action on the main card of the Strikeforce: "Barnett vs. Cormier" event taking place tonight (Sat., May 19, 2012) at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, as former division champion Rafael Cavalcante took on Mike Kyle.
Considering the lack of a champion in the 205-pound division, this might as well have been an official number one contender bout, though that was never expressly stated. This was also a rematch of a 2009 bout that saw Kyle win via knockout in the second round.
Revenge is sweet.
That's because Cavalcante used a looping overhand right and a huge knee to send Kyle ass over tin cups. He failed to finish with ground-n-pound so instead jumped a guillotine that got the tap shortly thereafter.
Wam, bam, thank you "Mak."
Kyle pumped an early jab but Cavalcante attacked with a big knee that landed flush and had Kyle staggering back. "Feijao" jumped him and landed a few clean blows. He couldn't finish him with the initial onslaught but at his soonest opportunity, he latched onto a tight standing guillotine.
After Kyle attempted to to get out by slamming Rafael to the mat and was unsuccessful, he was left with no choice but to tap after less than one minute of action.
Hope you didn't blink, Maniacs.
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