Brazilian lightweight fighter Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante recently made his Strikeforce debut against American Kickboxing Academy product Josh Thomson, where he lost a unanimous decision which many found to be controversial. The talented 27-year old recently spoke with Tatame.com about that match and about when he thinks he will return to action.
“They’ll make an edition of the event in January, but the card was already fulfilled, so the guys warned me I wouldn’t fight on the next edition of the event,” “JZ” said of his Strikeforce return. “But they’re thinking about me fighting on their next edition, which I think probably will be on February, but they haven’t told me about any opponent, they gave me nothing. They only gave me the hope of fighting in February.”
Cavalcante and Thomson battled it out over three rounds this past October at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2 and it was “The Punk” who walked away with the judges’ decision. Cavalcante told Tatame that he didn’t agree with the decision, but that he blames himself for not finishing the fight and that he seeks to ensure he can finish fights in the future by improving his overall skills.
“In my mind, I think I did my job, I did enough to deserve the win. I’ve dominated the first and the last rounds, lost the second one, but that’s it…,” Cavalcante said. “I won’t start pointing out people to blame, if I have to point out mu finger to someone, that someone will be myself, for now doing my job completely, had done only 50%. I’ve had the chance to knock him down, I’ve had the chance to submit him and I didn’t, so my focus is to keep improving those aspects of my game and don’t stay on this ‘almost there’ level… I want to win.”
The American Top Team product does want a shot at redemption against Thomson though, and is willing to take on the Californian in his hometown of San Jose, California.
“The next guy I’d like to confront would be Josh Thomson just to make things clear,” Cavalcante said. “I hate this doubt that people now have about that fight. I’d like to fight on his hometown, in San Jose, just like the previous meeting we’ve had for me to know the event better, its problems, even because a new event always brings you something new. A timing gap, the scheduling, and I had a problem with the Commission there and I didn’t have time to warm up and do my things, but I was prepared for it, and my mind was also prepared for it. I’d like to have this same opportunity again, at the same place, the same judges… I’d like that, even because I’d like to make it clear I went there to fight, that I’m capable of beating him, which I did last time, but they didn’t see it that way.”
Cavalcante owns a professional record of 15-4-1 with notable victories over Caol Uno, Nam Phan, Vitor Ribeiro, Rani Yahya, Michihiro Omigawa, and Bart Palaszewski.