Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante Tests Positive for Banned Substance Following Mike Kyle Win

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6/15/12 9:11:26PM
Strikeforce light heavyweight Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante tested positive for a banned substance following his win over Mike Kyle last month in San Jose, Calif. The California State Athletic Commission executive officer George Dodd confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com on Friday. Boxing reporter Gabriel Montoya first reported the news on Twitter.

As a result, Cavalcante has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by the CSAC.

Dodd refused to disclose which banned substance Cavalcante tested positive for because he was not at his office when contacted by MMAFighting.com. He said the CSAC sent Cavalcante a letter earlier this week informing him of the failed test but they have yet to hear back from him.

6/15/12 10:02:51PM
6/15/12 10:04:24PM
Not cool dude...not cool at all
6/15/12 10:49:01PM
6/15/12 10:57:39PM
That's a shame. Do they overturn the win or not in this situation?
6/15/12 11:01:39PM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

That's a shame. Do they overturn the win or not in this situation?

Should depend on whether the substance was considered performance enhancing or not. It was in California, so it should get overturned if that is the case. If you remember, California didn't used to overturn fights, but I think it was the Royce/Saku II fight that led them to change it.
6/15/12 11:09:24PM
6/16/12 12:35:45AM
The use of banned substances is getting old. Give them a 5 year suspension and a $150,000 fine and the sh*t would disappear overnight.
6/16/12 2:53:45AM
6/16/12 3:02:47AM
I'll hold off any judgement until we know what the banned substance was. Caffeine is a banned substance in some sports and some OTC cold medicines can pop you positive on an MMA drug test. No sense rushing into judgement until more details come out.
6/16/12 7:02:33AM
Indeed, we'll see what the substance actually is, but man, as if the Strikeforce LHW division wasn't already troubled enough.
6/16/12 8:24:03AM
Strikeforce is dead in the water anywho. could have been poppy seed muffins?
6/16/12 12:58:39PM

Posted by prophecy033

Not cool dude...not cool at all

6/16/12 2:04:08PM
I'm not optimistic considering the camp (ATT) and their history with failed drug tests. Every single top guy from the team is busted eventually.
6/16/12 3:16:37PM
It must be serious if its a 1 year suspension
6/16/12 4:42:21PM
This could put an end to the Strikeforce LHW division.

6/16/12 6:59:34PM
That sucks but he was looking pretty large in the lats, not surprising but I hope it doesn't get overturned so they don't have to fight again, same thing would happen again.
6/18/12 6:54:15PM
Looks like the substance was stanzolol.


Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante's recent failed drug test was due to stanozolol metabolites.

As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported Saturday, the Brazilian fighter failed a test following his May win over Mike Kyle. On Monday the California State Athletic Commisssion confirmed the substance.

The CSAC on Monday also said that in addition to Cavalcante's yearlong suspension and $2,500 fine, his win over Kyle will be overturned and changed to a no-contest.

The bout took place at "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final," which took place May 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Stanozolol is a synthetic anabolic steroid that has commonly been used by athletes. MMA fighters who have tested positive for the banned substance include Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, Tim Sylvia and Chris Leben.

MMAjunkie.com has learned Cavalcante's camp has filed an appeal with the CSAC and is awaiting a date for a hearing.

According to the CSAC, Cavalcante (12-3 MMA, 5-2 SF) was tested on May 18, the day before his fight. Cavalcante went through Kyle quickly on the Showtime-televised main card and submitted Kyle in just 33 seconds. The win was expected to put him in position to face Gegard Mousasi for the vacant 205-pound title later this year.

Cavalcante was suspended by the CSAC for a year, retroactive to the May 18 test date. He made a disclosed payday of $66,000 for the fight, which included a $33,000 win bonus.

"Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters," CSAC executive officer George Dodd stated. "Anabolic agents and other banned substances put not only the users of those agents at risk, but their opponents as well. The commission simply will not tolerate their use."