It’s been eight months since Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante set foot in the cage. And with only three fights in the past three years, he’s itching to get back in there and show his skills.
He faces no easy task in lightweight upstart Justin Wilcox, who is his opponent at Saturday’s Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum in Dallas.
JZ was once in Wilcox’s shoes: the hot new kid on the block. He’s since become the grizzled veteran. After amassing a 14-1-1 record, he has struggled through injuries and torturous dealings with the Dream promotion in Japan, losing three of his past four fights.
Coming off of a decision loss to Strikeforce stalwart Josh Thomson in October, JZ knows he’s got to be on his game and etch a mark in the win column when he faces Wilcox at the American Airlines Center.
He won’t make any predictions, however, saying only that he believes in his game and that he’ll do what he has to do to get the victory.
JZ sat down with MMAWeekly.com‘s Erik Fontanez to talk about the fight with Wilcox, and dropped in his insight on who he considers the top lightweight fighter in the world.