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Strikeforce Heavy Artillery Preview: Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante vs. Antwain "the Juggernaut" Britt

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Strikeforce LHW Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante

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Rafael Cavalcante has been a high level prospect for about 3 years. Aggressive and vicious Muay Thai skills coupled with a legit Jiu-Jitsu game, Rafael has the potential to finish in any position. He first busted onto the scene in the IFL. His very first fight in the IFL (Which I got to see) was against a decent wrestler in Devin Cole. "Feijao" finished the fight in just 26 seconds in the second round. Since then, Cavalcante has continued to beat  decent mid-level opposition. That is until he ran into Mike Kyle. The Sao Paulo native came into the bout fat and out of shape. Kyle came in hungry and disposed of Cavalcante late in the second round. After the fight, it seems as if the hype train was derailed for "Feijao". In his last fight against Rosa, Rafael came out like he had something to prove. He looked much better physically and mentally. So far, that is the best Rafael Cavalcante the world has seen. Antwan Britt is by far Cavalcante's biggest test and if he is to defeat the Juggernaut, he must be at his absolute best.

The black stereotype of being athletic and explosive applies to Antwain Britt. Britt is a really exciting fighter, every fight is action packed violence. With a record of 11-3, Antwain Britt has defeat UFC veterans such as Carmelo Marrero and Antonio Mendes. Britt has a great wrestling base that allows him to gain positional dominance on his opponents. Britt is a really great offensive fighter, but gets caught out of position sometimes. His defensive abilities are still lacking and at 32 years old, I don't know how much time Britt has. In his last fight, Britt used a great sprawl and brawl gameplan and absolutely pasted kickboxer Scott Lighty. The Virginia Beach native has face melting power, if he could tighten his boxing up a bit he could really be a great fighter.  Britt has faced adversity in fights and has never fought back and won. This worries me, if Cavalcante puts hands on him early will the Juggernuat fold under pressure?

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I like Antwain Britt in the fight. Britt is just a really bad style match-up for Cavalcante. Britts hands are more powerful and he throws straighter punches than "Feijao" which will allow Britt to counter him effectively. The key in this fight is the clinch. If Cavalcanteis able to get in the clinch with Britt, can he land effective strikes? In my opinion, this could go both ways (Giggity). Britt could smother him and use his strength to render Cavalcante's Muay Thai ineffective. Or Cavalcante could get the plum and land some knees, maybe a few elbows. All and all, I think this is going to be a really fun fight to watch. KO or Fight of the Night is guaranteed in this fight. It seems since Strikeforce's Light heavyweight division is so light (see what I did there), I can only assume the winner of this fight will challenge King Mo for his belt.