Former Strikeforce champion Rafael Cavalcante, Daniel Sarafian cut by UFC

A former Strikeforce champion is among a pair of cuts from the UFC roster.

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Daniel Sarafian will no longer compete in the UFC. MMAFighting.com confirmed an initial Saturday report by the Brazilian website Olimpo MMA.

Cavalcante (12-7, 1 NC), a 35-year-old Team Nogueira fighter, held the Strikeforce light heavyweight title in 2010, winning it from “King Mo” Lawal and losing it to Dan Henderson. He’s lost three straight bouts and four of his past five, the most recent a listless performance in a decision loss to Ovince St. Preux on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas.

Sarafian (15-6), a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was 2-4 in the UFC during a stint mostly spent at middleweight. He lost via first round head-kick knockout to Oluwale Bamgbose in Pittsburgh on Feb. 21, which was his third loss in his past four fights.

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