Cavalcante tested positive for a banned substance following his
win over Mike Kyle on
May 19 and has been suspended for one year by the California State
MMAFighting.com first reported the news of Cavalcante’s suspension.
The Brazilian light heavyweight submitted Kyle with a guillotine
choke in 33 seconds at Strikeforce “Barnett vs. Cormier” at the HP
Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The substance which resulted in the
positive test has not been disclosed, but “Feijao” has reportedly
been fined $2,500 in addition to his year-long suspension.
The win over Kyle was Cavalcante’s seventh appearance under the
Strikeforce banner. Prior to the May 19 victory, he defeated
Romero Palacio via second-round knockout in September.
Cavalcante was believed to be a top contender for the promotion’s
vacant 205-pound title, with a potential championship bout against
Cavalcante is the third Strikeforce athlete to be punished for
failing a post-fight drug screen after both Cristiane
Santos and Muhammed
Lawal received suspensions earlier this year.