Gesias Cavalcante holds an explosive 15-4-1 (1 NC) record, with 12 of his victories coming via devastating finish. However, most Americans aren’t too familiar with “JZ” because the majority of his brilliance has taken place overseas. Now that the 28-year-old is finally signed under Zuffa, LLC’s banner, he’s anxious to win over fans stateside like he did in the Orient.
“It’s totally different in Japan,” Cavalcante told 5thRound. “The crowd is different, the atmosphere is different. Over there, they have God first, then fighters, then human beings.”
JZ then shared a story about a crazed Japanese fan who screamed at the top of her lungs just to get his attention. As he approached her, she immediately assumed wrist control and proceeded to rub his hand all over her pregnant belly.
The mother-to-be told the Brazilian, ‘You’re a great fighter, I respect you a lot. I want for you to rub my belly so my son can be exactly like you.’
As odd as the maneuver may sound, it wouldn’t be the last time JZ was approached by a baby bump.
“That’s happened twice with me,” he stated. “The second time I was ok because it happened before. I already knew what was going on, but the first time was a big surprise.”
JZ has gone 1-3 (1 NC) over his previous five contests and was last seen dropping a unanimous decision loss to Josh Thomson this past October. Although his Strikeforce debut didn’t go according to plan, he can’t wait to right the ship this Saturday against Justin Wilcox.
“Wilcox, he’s a tough guy,” JZ said. “He’s coming from a six-fight winning streak. I’m excited, he comes to fight. People don’t know much about him, as they don’t know much about me, but it’s gonna be an exciting fight because the guy comes forward and I like to come forward.”
The lightweight shootout goes down this weekend at “Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum.” The event takes place inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.