October 13, 2010

The story of fighters not being paid in mixed martial arts is a much too frequent storyline. As popular as the sport has become, major organizations across the globe are facing financial troubles.

Gesias “J.Z.“ Cavalcante knows this firsthand. He has not been paid for his winning performance against Katsunori Kikuno at JZ CavalcanteDream 15 in July, and the American Top Team trained athlete is boycotting the organization until he gets paid for services rendered.

“My last fight with Kikuno, I haven’t been paid yet. (Dream is) struggling. I don’t know what they’re thinking, but they didn’t pay me yet,” Cavalcante told MMAWeekly.com content partner TapouT Radio.

“I’m not saying I’m done with them, but I’m not going to fight until they pay me and try to come out with something and try to explain because they don’t even answer my manager. My manager called them and they don’t even answer,” added Cavalcante. “They did not come out with an explanation. I feel disrespected from them. I’m not looking to fight for them for a while.”

The Brazilian enjoyed competing in Japan and describes the situation as “sad.”

“It’s sad because Dream is a nice event. The event in Japan, it’s cool. It’s an honor with the history, the samurai spirit and everything. It’s a good show also. I would like to fight for both especially because I have my crowd over there,” stated Cavalcante. “I would like to keep fighting back and forth, but unfortunately it’s not going good.”

Cavalcante explained the difference in timely pay of fighting in Japan compared to competing for U.S. based promotions.

“In Japan, they usually pay within one month. After the show they have one month to pay. That’s in the contract,” explained the two-time K-1 Grand Prix titleholder.

“In Strikeforce, they pay you right after the event because the boxing commissions, they ask you for the checks and everything to be paid to the commission that they pass to the fighters right after the fight. So I already have my check from the fight (with Josh Thomson last week), which is really good. You fought, you want to have your money,” said Cavalcante.

“J.Z.” joins a growing list of fighters that have publicly complained of not receiving compensation after fighting for Dream.