King Mo stepped into the Strikeforce cage this evening looking to defend his light-heavyweight belt for the first time against Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante, but the challenger had other ideas.
The first two rounds played out mainly on the feet aside from some brief takedowns from the champion. At this stage it was a fairly cautious fashion with King Mo having some success with flurries of strikes to the midsection, while Feijao threatened from the muay thai clinch.
The real action took place early in the third though as King Mo again looked to attack Feijao’s midsection. As he ducked in though the Brazilian was ready and waiting to apply the muay thai clinch and landed two powerful knee strikes to King Mo’s chin, the second of which send him reeling backwards.
As the champion retreated Feijao rushed forward and connected with a winging right hand that dropped Lawal to the canvas. Digging deep King Mo somehow got back to his feet under a barrage of strikes from Feijao, and pushed him into the cage. Feijao knew this was his chance to produce the upset though and he wasn’t about to let it slip away. He began raining down vicious elbows to side of his opponents head, and with King Mo doing little other than clinging on for dear life, the referee was left with no choice but to step in and call an end to the beating.
This was the second major upset of the night, with King Mo, like Bobby Lashley earlier in the evening, being heavily favored by most pundits. All credit to Feijao though who spotted the holes in his opponents game and found a way to capitalize on them with his favored muay thai strikes.