Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante appeared before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) earlier today in an attempt to plead his case and get his one year suspension tossed.
Despite a lengthy meeting between "Feijao," his manager Ed Soares and his legal representation which included a question and answer session and testimony from key parties, the commission unanimous voted to deny the Brazilian's appeal and uphold his suspension.
The Blackhouse fighter's defense consisted of an accusation that the chain of custody of his sample had been grossly mishandled. He even argued that the cup for his urine sample had been reused from a prior test. Cavalcante also denied having ever taken steroids.
This wouldn't have been the first time the CSAC had major issues in the drug testing process. The recent Strikeforce: Rousey vs Kaufman results were marred by clerical errors as well.
While "Feijao" seemed to have plead a pretty strong case, with his appeal being denied, he also had his $2,500 fine upheld as well.
Cavalcante will be eligible to compete again on May 18, 2013 following the conclusion of his year-long suspension due to a positive test for stanozolol metabolites following his first round submission victory over Mike Kyle.
So what's your take, Maniacs?
Did Feijao get a raw deal? With the recent major problems concerning the California State Athletic Commission, could it be possible that his sample was mishandled?