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Ryan Bader vs. Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante Agreed Upon for UFC 174

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Steven RondinaFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2014

UFC 174 continues expanding and is now adding a light heavyweight tilt between The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner Ryan Bader and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante. The bout was first reported by The Canadian Press, via Yahoo Sports.

It's an interesting tilt between 205-pounders who were once among the best in the division but find themselves trying to put up their first winning streak in years.

Bader wound up in a short-notice top contender's bout with Jon Jones in 2011 but lost via second-round submission. He has been unable to recapture the success he had early in his UFC career and has gone 4-4 since 2011, despite starting his UFC career with a 5-0 record. 

May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Gesias Cavalcante fights Isaac Vallie-Flagg (not pictured) during the lightweight bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion.  Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In his most recent bout, he bounced back from a brutal knockout loss at the hands of Glover Teixeira with an uncomfortably lopsided win over Anthony Perosh. Bader controlled the entire fight with his wrestling and pounded Perosh for what felt like hours on end.

Cavalcante, meanwhile, took the Strikeforce light heavyweight belt from Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in 2011 with an impressive third-round TKO. He never successfully defended the belt, though, as Dan Henderson knocked him out.

He hasn't been nearly as impressive since and owns a 1-1 UFC record. The loss came from a brutal mauling at the hands of the recently released Thiago Silva, while Feijao won via submission at the expense of Igor Pokrajac in November.

UFC 174 goes down on June 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is headlined by a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Ali Bagautinov and co-headlined by Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley. Going by the UFC.com listing for the card, Bader vs. Cavalcante will likely be on the main card.

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