Will Katsunori Kikuno Give JZ Cavalcante a Rude Send Off to Strikeforce at DREAM.15?

via mmajunkie.com

MMA Weekly reports that Strikeforce has signed Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante:

According to Coker, he hopes to see Cavalcante debut in one of his promotion's next couple of shows.

"I think we'll probably have him fight (in) 60 days, 90 days," said Coker. "He's a tremendous talent."

The list of possible opponents could include several names, but with Josh Thomson dealing with injured ribs following his fight with Pat Healy, another name that could fall into the mix is Lyle Beerbohm, fresh off of his win over Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro.

I'm a huge fan of JZ, but he's had a dismal last three years. Multiple serious knee injuries have meant that he's only been able to fight three times in the past three years. Even worse, he's gone 0-2 with 1 NC in that time period, dropping decisions to the two men who will headline DREAM.15 this Saturday: Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya Kawajiri. 

JZ is someone I'd dearly love to see get healthy and go head to head with Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez as their styles are near mirror-images of one another. 

But first, JZ has to get past Katsunori Kikuno -- well not really since Strikeforce has signed him win or lose. But it will be easier said than done for Calvalcante to brush past the Kyokushin stylist. JZ trains with American Top Team and is well versed in jiu jitsu, but fundamentally he fights more like a boxer/wrestler like Gilbert Melendez, Kawajiri or Eddie Alvarez.

Alvarez was able to survive an early scare against Kikuno at DREAM.12 -- by way of a standing crucifix neck crank that merited a Judo Chop -- before taking over in the second round with crisp boxing that found the holes in Kikuno's eccentric Sanchin Dachi stance. 

We'll find out this weekend if JZ is the same fighter he once was or if Kikuno will be adding another Judo Chop (here's his second Chop) to his resume. 


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