And the list gets bigger
The list of Strikeforce and UFC fighters testing positive for banned substances is growing by the week. The most recent casualty is Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante. What he tested positive for is still unknown.
Strikeforce light heavyweight Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante tested positive for a banned substance following his win over Mike Kyle last month in San Jose, Calif. The California State Athletic Commission executive officer George Dodd confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com on Friday. Boxing reporter Gabriel Montoya first reported the news on Twitter.
As a result, Cavalcante has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by the CSAC.
Dodd refused to disclose which banned substance Cavalcante tested positive for because he was not at his office when contacted by MMAFighting.com. He said the CSAC sent Cavalcante a letter earlier this week informing him of the failed test but they have yet to hear back from him.
Ed Soares, Cavalcante’s manager, told MMAFighting.com that they have replied to the CSAC’s letter and will be appealing the suspension.
“I believe in his innocence, and we’re fighting it,” Soares said. “We stand behind him. There’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t make sense.”