Sherdog's Loretta Hunt with the scoop:
Touted Brazilian Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante will face fellow Pro Elite veteran Jared Hamman in a featured light heavyweight bout for Strikeforce "Lawler vs. Shields" on June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Representatives from both fighters’ camps confirmed the bout to Sherdog.com on Thursday.
The matchup replaces a previously announced tilt for the Strikeforce light heavyweight title between champion Renato "Babalu" Sobral and Feijao. Sobral withdrew from the bout last week to prepare for the birth of his second daughter in late May.
Sobral will defend his title against the winner of the June contender’s bout.
Can't hate on this matchup - Hamman and Bobby Southworth were probably the best replacements available to Strikeforce and either would have been a solid test for "Feijao" on a card that's shaping up to be pretty interesting. Here's how it stands:
Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Robbie Lawler (16-4) vs. Jake Shields (22-4-1)
Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (7-1) vs. Jared Hamman (10-1)
Joe Riggs (29-10) vs. Phil Baroni (13-10)
Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (16-12) vs. TBA
Jesse Finney (3-0) vs. Josh Bumgarner (0-0)
Tyron “Tabasco” Woodley (1-0) vs. Sal Woods (2-4)
Scott Ventimiglia (12-5) vs. Lucas Lopes (8-8)
Pat Benson (3-5-1) vs. Dave Cochran (16-19)
Booker DeRousse (1-1) vs. James Wade (0-0)