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Rafael Cavalcante

13Wins7Losses1No Contest

Win Rate
62 %
Finish Rate
100 %
Decision Win %
0 %

Rafael Cavalcante

6' 0 (183 cm)
74 in. (6' 2/188 cm)
Main Division
Light Heavyweight
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
Cavalcante is from São Paulo, Brazil and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 10. Cavalcante also studied veterinary medicine for five years at the Universidade de Cuiaba - UNIC in his adopted hometown of Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, and it was the legendary Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira who personally convinced Cavalcante's father to allow his son to give up his medical career, in order to focus solely on training for a career in professional fighting under the tutelage of Nogueira. Cavalcante began training at Nogueira's gym daily, alongside the likes of Anderson Silva, André Galvão, and Nogueira's twin brother, Antônio Rogério Nogueira.
Fighter Trivia
In June 2016, Cavalcante was involved in a bar fight at a country music bar in Cuiaba, Mato Grosso. In a police report, Cavalcante claims a man forcefully grabbed his girlfriend and along with a friend threatened to kill him. The other man stated Cavalcante verbally abused him and punched him in the face.

Awards & Accolades

  • Strikeforce: Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (One time)
  • Sherdog: 2010 All-Violence Second Team

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