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Attention Strikeforce: JZ Cavalcante Needs to Eat, Wants to Fight

(Despite not being able to afford a shirt, JZ remains upbeat about the situation.)

When you’re a fighter and your income is dependant on how often you fight, it’s understandable that you might get a bit upset when your employer, without explanation, keeps you out of work for an extended period of time.

Such is the case with Gesias Cavalcante.

"JZ" has been sitting on the sidelines waiting since October for Strikeforce to call to tell him when he would be fighting next. Unfortunately for the American Top Team lightweight his phone has been silent the past three months so he decided to take matters into his own hands and contacted the San Jose-based promotion to see what was up.

Not surprisingly, he was given the runaround.

“I’m basically in the dark. I wanted to fight on either the December or January Strikeforce card. I was told they were full, so I was told I’d be fighting in the February show," JZ, who signed a four-fight deal with SF prior to his last fight explains. "That got full, so I heard March would be it. But that’s coming up quickly. I don’t know when or who I’m fighting.

Although his career has hit somewhat of a rough patch with a string of recent injuries and losses, Cavalcante (15-4-1), who is hoping to improve on the less than stellar 1-3 four-fight record he strung together in the four fights he fought since 2008, says he’ll fight anyone Strikeforce matches him up against, but admits that he wants a chance to avenge his last loss some time before the end of 2011.

“I would like to have another fight with Josh [Thomson], for sure. And I think that would be fair. Not just for me, but for the fans as well," Cavalcante says. "Everywhere I go, fans are asking for a rematch with that fight."

Cavalcante, who has beaten a laundry list of notable fighters in his career like Rani Yahya, Hiroyuki Takaya, Andre Armade and Vitor Ribeiro says that he knows he will likely have to work his way up the ladder before earning a shot at Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez, but points out that unless he’s given more than one or two fights a year by the promotion, getting there will take a while.

“I’m a challenge for anybody there, and I just want to prove that. But I need the fights to prove that. I just want to fight as much as I can, every three or four months, if possible," he explains. "I really want to get back in there.”

He may be waiting a little bit longer for a fight if Strikeforce decides to put him in its planned lightweight tournament in May, especially if there is concern that the injury-prone Brazilian might get hurt fighting between now and then.

According to Josh Gross, Strikeforce is currently negotiating with DREAM promoter Real Entertainment to co-promote a show in Japan in May that will feature the eight-man 155-pound grand prix. The report states that Coker and company will supply five yet-to-be-named fighters while JMMA will be repped by three of its own: Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Katsunori Kikuno. Expect names like Thomson, Beerbohm, Ribeiro, and quite possibly Melendez to be included in the tourney.

Hopefully JZ doesn’t get overlooked again when they’re planning this show.


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Smitty- January 29, 2011 at 12:25 am
Dammit Rex and Turd!!! Can we please not go there again with the accept/except shit. You're gonna make poor Mikes head explode. Or would that be axplode?
Kimbos Bread- January 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm
Jigga wants to eat?

He should try some of Kimbos Bread
El Guapo- January 28, 2011 at 10:49 am
They showed replays of JZ's fight with the Punk this week and I couldn't help but think "the fix is in". One, all they kept talking about was the trilogy with El Nino if Thompson won. Two, they had Melendez in the booth for extra pub. Lastly, and most importantly, the fight was super close to call(I thought Calvante won)and one of the judges scored it 30-27 for Josh. Even the Punk himslef made a post fight comment about how much of a f'kn joke that was! JZ could've knocked Thompson out and they prob'ly woulda found a way to DQ him.

Just my opinion.
RwilsonR- January 28, 2011 at 10:45 am
I'm with youenjoyzedella on this, axecept it sucks when your employer won't provide you with employment, or allow you the means to pursue that elsewhere. I know everyone shits on the UFC when they release fighters, but one of the reasons they release them is because they can't provide enough fights for guys that simply aren't winning. Releasing them allows them to go work elsewhere until they can get back on the winning track.
ReX13- January 28, 2011 at 10:36 am
Bullshit.  Rule 34 says "no acceptions."
PERPATRAITOR- January 28, 2011 at 10:34 am
Strikeforce is feeding fighters that the UFC will not or refuse to. JZ is making money teaching at his gym. Just because he isn't making a 100k doesn't mean he's starving. Dude should maybe dedicate more time teaching and also spend more time doing interviews like this. Mix that with some shit talking and boom! fights happen when you run your mouth and get media.
Turd Furgeson- January 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

Actually, I think the context in which Smitty used it is the acception to the rule.
youenjoyzedella- January 28, 2011 at 10:30 am
Not sure what all the hoop-lah is about...

1. JZ has one victory in his last 5 fights.
2. JZ lost his promotional debut with Strikeforce.
3. JZ signed with Strikeforce
4. JZ signed with Strikeforce
ReX13- January 28, 2011 at 10:26 am
Smitty >>  I believe you need to use "AXECEPT" in that context.
Smitty- January 28, 2011 at 10:22 am
I really don't have a problem with Strikeforce "EXCEPT" they don't put on enough fights, and is sucks for their fighters like JZ who are trying to make a living. I don't know why Scott Coker and company can't see this. I wonder if it's a money thing or what. Whatever it is, I know they better get their heads outta their asses or, they're gonna end up as the new Elite XC!
LOKI- January 28, 2011 at 9:44 am
Just trick someone into bowing so you can hit them over the head and steal their wallet. I hear thats how brazillians roll.