'JZ' Cavalcante versus 'The Punk' in Strikeforce

by Damon Martin | source: mmaweekly.com
 

Fighting in enemy territory is nothing new for Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante after years of fighting in Japan, but now the American Top Team fighter will step into a similar situation as he faces Josh Thomson in his hometown of San Jose on Oct 9 as the two lightweights are set to square off in Strikeforce.

The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday by Cavalcante's manager, Alex Davis, who spoke with MMAWeekly Radio about the match-up.

"It's a very good fight, I think it's a great fight for JZ," Davis said about the fight.

Cavalcante (15-3-1) comes to Strikeforce after defeating Katsunori Kikuno in his last fight in July for Dream. It was a long road back for the Brazilian who had to deal with several injuries to his knee before coming back.

Previously ranked as a top five lightweight, Cavalcante hopes to re-earn that placement in the division and it starts with his October bout against former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson.

"For JZ, it's important to come fight on American soil. He's done very, very well in Japan, he came off some injuries and took some losses because he fought not at 100%. He took a tough fight recently, he played it safe and he won, and now he's going to fight Josh Thomson," Davis stated. "I expect him to do very, very well."

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Barry_BondsMVP site profile image  

10/8/10 12:50 AM by Barry_BondsMVP

i'm rooting hard for Thompson, I was able to speak to him for a few mins at my cousin's wedding, real approachable and humble...War Thompson!

Wasa-B site profile image  

10/8/10 12:08 AM by Wasa-B

be cool if we see the winner of this vs winner of Melendez/Alvarez if that gets made.

JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

10/7/10 11:44 PM by JimmersonzGlove

 This is one of the hardest cards to make picks on....all 4 main fights are a pick em IMO.

Wasa-B site profile image  

10/7/10 8:48 PM by Wasa-B

Who else got picks on this?Sherdog i think had a good look saying JZ seems to have lost some speed from his injuries though he still has his power but that Thomson who has also had his share of his injuries still seems to have his polish and that he is able to maintain his style of tehcnical striking and wrestling/td defense.Thomson has submitted BJJ BB Daisuke Sugie (with a sick kneebar iirc) but JZ no slouch either at the jits game.Both guys are pretty rounded, JZ went to his grappling to exploit a weakness against Kikuno who was outstriking him though Kikuno is no joke either and is also quite unorthodox. Both are pretty big at LW, Thomson is taller.I just havent enough of Thomson to really make a good prediction. It should be competitive though but Sherdog noted Thomson is more like to win should there be a dec, JZ has more finishing power.

palerider101 site profile image  

9/9/10 3:27 PM by palerider101

dreaming. but ur right it would be nice

liquidrob site profile image  

9/9/10 1:38 PM by liquidrob

great fight

Loves2GiveHeddy site profile image  

9/9/10 12:10 PM by Loves2GiveHeddy

Go JZ!

fightfan531 site profile image  

9/9/10 12:04 PM by fightfan531

really good card so far... diaz/noons 2 and thomson/jz both great pick'em fights.

Fight! UK Online site profile image  

9/9/10 5:47 AM by Fight! UK Online

Great fight and the card is looking really good too.

BzGrappla site profile image  

9/9/10 12:59 AM by BzGrappla

Thomson wins this.