Due to the talents he’s showcased in the cage, and the fact he’s a long time training partner of Anderson Silva and the Nogueiras, Rafael Cavalcante has been followed by big expectations in Strikeforce and now the UFC. As any hardcore fan knows, however, “Feijao” has come up short in several key fights and it wasn’t long ago he was suspended for failing a post fight drug test.

Today at UFC FN 32, however, Cavalcante wil look to rebound from the knockout loss he suffered versus Thiago Silva in June, when he takes on noted striker Igor Pokrajac. Not surprisingly, Cavalcante recently told the media that not only is he ready for this fight, but he intends on working his way into the upper tier of the UFC ranks (comments via MMA Fighting.com):

“I’m training hard, doing great, and I’m ready for a great fight,” the 32 year-old Calvacante said. “I’ve fought in June and I’m fighting again in November, and that’s great. I felt the lack of rhythm in my last fight and that was the problem. I’m back in shape, and I’ll do an exciting fight for the fans.”

“I know what I want and I know I can get there,” he said. “I’m working hard, focused to get among the best five fighters in my division. My routine is train, eat and sleep. Everything I do, I do thinking about getting at the top of the light heavyweight division.”

It’s going to be interesting to see how Cavalcante performs, as he looked to be in good shape at yesterday’s weigh-ins. It’s also going to be interesting to see how the fight unfolds, as Pokrajac is looking to end a three fight winless streak and is in a must win situation.

The Croatian relayed recently that he’s been focusing on wrestling to help ensure opponent’s can’t take away his striking game. “Feijao”, on the other hand, said he’s confident in his stand-up and that Pokrajac doesn’t have “one-punch knockout power.” It could be a great fight.

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