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about Rafael Cavalcante
Rafael Cavalcante (born April 5, 1980) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist competing in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division. He trains with Anderson Silva and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira as part of the Black House camp.
He formerly competed in Strikeforce, where he was at one time Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. He currently competes in the UFC. His nickname “Feijão” means “bean” in Portuguese. As of May 26, 2014, he is #12 in official UFC Light Heavyweight rankings.
Cavalcante is from São Paulo, Brazil and began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the age of 10. Cavalcante also studied in veterinary medicine for five years 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, Andre Galvao, and Nogueira’s twin brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.