Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante has suffered an undisclosed injury and will be unable to fight Justin Gaethje at WSOF 8, MMAWeekly.com confirmed with matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz and President Ray Sefo. MMAJunkie.com was first to report news of the injury.
Abdel-Aziz added that Gaethje will still fight for a title on the Jan. 18 card. A new opponent is currently being sought.
Cavalcante was coming into the fight fresh off a win over UFC veteran Tyson Griffin. The title fight with Gaethje was supposed to be a rematch of their WSOF 2 tilt, a bout lost by “JZ” due to a cut that forced a doctor’s stoppage in the first round.
A finisher, Gaethje is unbeaten in MMA at 10-0 with nine of his wins coming within the time allowed.
WSOF 8 will take place in Hollywood, Fla. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
(Ken Pishna contributed to this report.)
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