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Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante wins first bout since 2013

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Rafael Cavalcante TKO'd Dan Konecke at World Fight Tour - Road to Bellator.

MMA: UFC 190-Cavalcante vs Cummins
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CORRECTION: Bloody Elbow incorrectly reported that Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante had received a Bellator contract following his win at World Fight Tour-Road to Bellator. A Bellator representative has since reached out to inform us that, while the winner of a tournament at the event did receive a Bellator contract, Feijao was not a part of that tournament. The article has been updated accordingly.

Away from fighting since an unanimous decision loss to Ovince Saint Preux in February 2016, Rafael Cavalcante had not won a fight since his submission via strikes victory over Igor Pokrajac in November 2013. However, the 37-year-old turned it all around when he met Dan Konecke at World Fight Tour - Road to Bellator, a feeder league for Bellator.

The win came in the first round with some ground and pound following a knockdown by Cavalcante. While the winner of a tournament at that event received a contract from the organization, Feijao was not a participant in that tournament.

Rafael Cavalcante ended his UFC run with a 1-4 record, dropping bouts to Ryan Bader, Thiago Silva, Patrick Cummins. His sole win came against Pokrajac. He is also the only man to ever beat middleweight contender Yoel Romero, when they belonged to Scott Coker's former organization, Strikeforce, way back in 2011.