Sunday, May 22, 2011

Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante vs. Justin Wilcox headed to June 18 Strikeforce event

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante hasn't been very happy with his tenure in Strikeforce to date, publicly expressing his frustration in a lack of booking by the organization on multiple occasions. But now that Zuffa has taken over, Cavalcante's got himself a fight on next month's Strikeforce event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

According to a report from, Cavalcante will take on hard-hitting wrestler Justin Wilcox on the event, which takes place on June 18 and is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum.

Cavalcante made his Strikeforce debut last October, losing a close split decision against Josh Thomson that he still believes he did enough to win. The loss dropped him to 1-3 over his last four fights, and in fact the one win in that stretch is his only one since 2007.

Wilcox is riding a six fight win streak into this event, including two very impressive performances in Strikeforce Challengers main events, where he took a clear decision over veteran Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro before overwhelming Rodrigo Damm in April, causing doctors to stop the fight after the first round.

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Penick's Analysis: This is a good lightweight matchup, and a very dangerous fight for Cavalcante. He desperately wanted to get booked in a fight, and now he's got one against a very impressive up and comer in Wilcox. Wilcox has continued improving in each fight, and is coming offof two excellent performances in headlining fights for the Challengers series, so this is another good opportunity for him to pick up a win against a longtime veteran.


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