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Conspiracy Theory Alert: Rafael Cavalcante Believes CSAC “Wanted to Harm Him”


(“No way! You were the completely innocent victim of a vast conspiracy aimed at soiling your reputation TOO?! Somebody call Lance, we’ve got some work to do.”) 

You know, just once I would like to hear an athlete take full responsibility for their actions without needing an hour-long Oprah special to do so. I realize that as fans, we often refuse to acknowledge that the people we falsely idolize are capable of wrongdoing, but if the athletes that continue to get busted for banned substances/steroids/stevia were truly concerned about their fanbase, they probably wouldn’t be trying to cheat the system in the first place.

So you’ll excuse my rush to judgement, but suffice it to say, I ain’t buying the conspiracy theory that former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante laid out in a recent interview with Globo Esporte. As you might recall, Cavalcante tested positive for Stanozolol in the aftermath of his win over Mike Kyle last May, and was subsequently denied an appeal by the California State Athletic Commission in the months that followed. Although if you were to ask Rafael, he would tell you that the blood — or rather, the urine — is on the CSAC’s hands:

The organizers wanted to harm me. I had conducted a test in Brazil a week before the fight. I would not be so stupid to take any banned substance, the type of anabolic they claimed I took in fact makes a person gain weight. I’m already a heavyweight, would not take that. 

The urine sample was manipulated. When the form was submitted, it was dated on May 18, 2012, but in reality the sample was collected a day later on may 19. When we checked the form more carefully, we saw that there was another mistake. The collection was made at the HP Pavilion, where the event was held, but in the form it says collection was made at the hotel where we were staying.

Now, it’s a well known fact that CSAC has bungled a drug test or two in their day — most notoriously in the case of Sean Sherk — to the point that they vowed to completely revamp their drug-testing system in the past. But like we said, that was years ago, and unless CSAC is still going around using dirty vials to take their samples, Cavalcante is probably just bullshitting us here.

In either case, Cavalcante continued to lob accusations at the members of the athletic committee like it was going out of style:

 You filed a lawsuit against the CSAC?
Went in and managed to dissolve the committee. The chief inspector of the commission, Che Guevara, lied in front of the judge. He said that it was he who collected my urine, and was the inspector of the commission Roy Fahri. Until the documents were signed with different people.

Why do you think they did this?
Tough talk, do not want to accuse anyone (Author’s note: Yeah, except you just did.), but they did not accept the defeat of Mike, big star of the event.

Let’s back the truck up here for a second: The chief inspector’s name was Che Guevara? CHE FREAKING GUEVARA?! Either Cavalcante actually was the victim of some dirty shit last May or he is some kind of Verbal Kint/Keyser Soze evil genius who crafted a completely fictional story based on book titles and stray papers that littered the interviewer’s office in order to cover his tracks. Or Google translate sucks donkey rectum. Based on my past experience uncovering conspiracy theories, I’m going to go with option #2. There’s no way that you’re going to convince me that Mike Kyle was the big star of any MMA event.

Anyone buying Cavalcante’s story?

-J. Jones

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Pen Fifteen- January 30, 2013 at 7:40 am
@Mr_M

Worth noting that California has far and away the biggest MMA scene in the country, so it would make sense that they'd get have the most positive tests. Not trying to defend the CSAC, because their ineptitude is well documented, but Cavalcante seems totally full of shit here.
cman- January 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm
If its out of Cali you know it's shady and sucks and massively overpriced, so I can see them thinking Kyle is a star.
Mr_Misanthropy- January 29, 2013 at 9:09 pm
@ P15

I'm not buying a massive conspiracy either but I do think there is something suspicious about how many fighters have been suspended by California. We need a databomb.
Pen Fifteen- January 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm
I'm still trying to figure out how Cavalcante pissing hot somehow benefits the CSAC. "They did not want to accept the defeat of Mike, big star of the event." Sorry, but that is dumb as fuck. So his reasoning is that the CSAC threw Cavalcante overboard because they didn't want to see Mike Kyle, a guy they formerly handed an indefinite suspension for being a deplorable scumbag, lose a fight? GTFO.
Mr_Misanthropy- January 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm
I remember pointing out a couple of years ago how it was kind of funny that most of the positive tests and suspensions seem to come out of California. Shortly after that all that crap about the ex-director (Armando Garcia) of the CSAC came out and he had to resign.

Considering all of the various extraneous circumstances it seems unlikely they are the only people doing their job right when fighters fight all over the place and only come up dirty in Cali.
jaysenx- January 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm
As Rex alluded to, the csac is entirely incompetent through and through and often times send out urine samples to other areas to do the testing. To which multiple samples end up in multiple hands. Whenever anyone tests positive in California I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
ReX13- January 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm
according to fightopinion, CSAC has been/is a massively incompetent, mismanaged organization in turmoil for the past few years, including lots of turnover in key positions. I remember a story in particular about some interim executive officer screwing up chain of possession of drug samples.

So possibly a believable screwup by a terrible organization, or possibly a juicing athlete taking advantage of the fact that the athletic commission is (allegedly) shady as fuck.
Fried Taco- January 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm
Well, if you are taking a test on your own to see if anything shows up before you travel to the USA, that is kind of a tip-off right there.
the glza- January 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm
dan fucking quinn.
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