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Shamrock-Ortiz 10-11-2008 10:44 AM

Cyrille Diabate declines Nov. 8 EliteXC bout with Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante


With a brutal stretch of three cards in 15 days behind them, EliteXC can now shift their full attention to the upcoming Nov. 8 card in Reno, Nev.

With two title fights already on the slate for that evening, EliteXC officials had hoped to book a third. But as EliteXC Head of Fight Operations Jeremy Lappen recently told (, the debut of the light-heavyweight title is still uncertain.

"Cyrille Diabate is not going to fight (Rafael) 'Feijao' for the title," Lappen said. "We offered him the fight, but he felt like he didn't have enough time to get ready.

"We're still looking for an opponent for 'Feijao.'"

Less than a week ago, EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw told that the organization hoped to debut the 205-pound belt with a Diabate (12-6) vs. "Feijao" (7-1) bout. With Diabate out of the matchup, it is unknown if the light-heavyweight title will still be on the line.

Shaw did say that when the title was first up for grabs, "Feijao" would be in the mix.

"When we are ready to introduce the light-heavyweight title, there is no doubt that 'Feijao' will be in a fight for that title," Shaw said. "He's without a doubt the No. 1 fighter that we have in the light-heavyweight division."

As for Diabate, Lappen said the Frenchmen does hope to meet with "Feijao" at a later date.

"[Diabate] wants to do that fight in the future," Lappen said.

The fight card for EliteXC's Nov. 8 Showtime broadcast now includes:

Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Joe Villasenor (for EliteXC middleweight title)
Eddie Alvarez vs. Nick Diaz (for vacant EliteXC lightweight title)
Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante vs. TBA
Hector Lombard vs. Scott Smith
Kaitlin Young vs. Sarah Kaufman

This is a brilliant card so far.. Really pumped for it, it's a shame though that the Feijao Diabate fight isn't happening. That would of been quality stuff.

The Legend 10-11-2008 12:00 PM

I can't blame him Feijao was going to beat his a$$ anyways.

_RIVAL_ 10-13-2008 08:51 PM

Too bad Diabate can't make this happen. It would've been interesting to see if The Snakes height would have affected Feijaos clinching game.

We will hopefully see them in the cage in the future.

CornbreadBB 10-13-2008 08:56 PM

I honestly can't understand dudes turning down fights. If it was any other job, you wouldn't be able to say, "no I didnt have enough time". I worked for a ******* pizza delivery company and even when I had school, I couldn't tell the owner I can't deliver food because I'm busy. I know it's silly comparing pizza delivery to MMA, but if you have a job, you do it, no excuses!

Edit: No matter how hard I try, comparing MMA to any other occupation is a little far fetched (especially pizza delivery), but still, the dude should just accept fight! Then again, if there are no consequences, why not?

Damone 10-13-2008 09:48 PM

This reminds me of Pete Spratt turning down a world title fight against Hughes after he (Spratt) beat Robbie Lawler. Of course, Spratt never got his title shot.

I am absolutely loving this card. Any card with Hector Shango Lombard is a card I want to see. Also, throw in Alvarez, Diaz, Joey V and Ruthless Rob? Sheeeeit, sign me up.

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