Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante has revealed that he struggled through serious adversity in order to claim a KO win over Yoel Romero at Saturday night’s Strikeforce: Barnett vs Kharitonov event.

According to the dangerous striker he actually broke his arm during the first round of the fight, but still managed to defeat the highly touted newcomer.

“I couldn’t do my best because I broke my arm on the first round,” Cavalcante tells TATAME. “When I tried to punch him, he dodged and my forearm hit his head and broke. I went to the hospital after the fight to do an X-ray and it’s really broken.”

Feijao’s injury went unnoticed during the live preliminary broadcast on HDNet. The Brazilian did look more cautious and hesitant than we’ve seen him in the past, but at the time that was put down to the strange antics of his opponent.

Romero, a former Olympic silver medalist in Freestyle Wrestling, spent the first round doing anything but attempt to engage with his opponent, preferring instead to circle the cage, show off to the crowd and taunt Feijao from a distance.

When he continued with more of the same in the second round the crowd boo’d him heavily, but before long they were cheering when Feijao finally stepped up a gear and dropped the Cuban twice before a final vision strike to the face of his grounded opponent sealed the deal.

Now Feijao is facing surgery, but on his return he’ll be rightfully hoping for a more high profile fight with a rematch with Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal believed to be high on his list of priorities as he seeks a quick route back to the title.

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