Gesias Cavalcante

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Gesias Cavalcante
Born (1983-07-06) July 6, 1983 (age 35)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other namesJZ, JZ Calvan
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
StyleBJJ, Luta Livre, Kickboxing
Fighting out ofBoca Raton, Florida, United States
TeamJaco Hybrid Training Center (Blackzilians)
RankBlack Belt in Luta Livre
Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active2003–present
Kickboxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission8
By decision5
By knockout6
By submission1
By decision5
No contests2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 17, 2012

Gesias Cavalcante (born July 6, 1983) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division for the World Series of Fighting. He was the 2006 and 2007 K-1 HERO Middleweight Champion, and has also fought for Strikeforce, DREAM, Shooto, and Cage Rage. Cavalcante also participated in the Dynamite!! USA event.

MMA career[edit]

While Cavalcante is primarily an MMA fighter, he made his K-1 debut fighting against Masato in the 2007 World Max tournament, losing via decision.[1]

On September 17, 2007, Cavalcante won the K-1 HERO'S' 2007 Middleweight (70 kg) tournament by defeating Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Vitor Ribeiro by TKO in the first round and Andre Amade by submission via armbar in the finals.

Cavalcante had agreed to fight former PRIDE Fighting Championship Lightweight standout Shinya Aoki at Yarennoka! but withdrew from the fight due to a knee ligament injury. The match was rescheduled for March 15, 2008 at Dream 1 to kick off the new DREAM promotion at the Saitama Super Arena.

Early in the first round, the referee stopped the action when Cavalcante apparently landed illegal elbow strikes to the back of Aoki's neck. The ringside doctor announced that Aoki was unable to continue due to the injury and Cavalcante apologized for the incident.[2] The fight resulted in a no contest. Elbow strikes to the neck and spine area are illegal under DREAM rules. Aoki was later found to have sustained concussion of the cervical vertebra.[3]

They had their rematch on April 29, 2008 at Dream 2. Cavalcante was defeated by Aoki by unanimous decision.[4] However, he sustained a severely bruised rib and tore cartilage in his costal area during the match.[3]

Cavalcante's next fight was set to be against Joachim Hansen at Dynamite!! 2008 on December 31, 2008, but the bout was canceled the day of the event due to Hansen not passing pre-fight medicals and subsequently being hospitalized for a "head injury".[5]


Cavalcante signed a 4-fight deal with Strikeforce in June 2010. He made his debut against former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson, losing by a controversial unanimous decision.[6]

Cavalcante's next fight was against lightweight prospect Justin Wilcox at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum. The fight ended in a no contest after Cavalcante poked Wilcox's eye.

Cavalcante fought Bobby Green on July 30, 2011 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson.[7] He won the fight via split decision.

On the 19th of May 2012, he lost a split decision to Isaac Vallie-Flagg at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier and was subsequently released from Strikeforce.

On June 30, 2012, Cavalcante was knocked out for the first time in his seven-year career by Luis Palomino at CFA 07 in Coral Gables, Florida.


He competed at the Shoot Boxing World Tournament 2012 in Tokyo, Japan on November 17, 2012.[8] The Shoot Boxing World Tournament, or "S-Cup", is an eight-man, 70 kg/154 lb standing vale tudo tournament that combines striking, throws and submissions held by the Shoot Boxing Association once every two years. Cavalcante was drawn against Hiroki Shishido at the quarter-final stage and lost by majority decision.[9][10][11]

He signed with the Glory kickboxing promotion in August 2013.[12][13] Cavalcante was set to face Steve Moxon at Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, US on October 12, 2013[14] but withdrew due to a lingering hand injury and was replaced by Reece McAllister.[15]

World Series of Fighting[edit]

Cavalcante faced off against UFC veteran TJ O'Brien at WSOF 1: Arlovski vs. Cole. He won by submission due to an Achilles lock only 63 seconds into the fight.

JZ next fought undefeated Justin Gaethje at WSOF 2. Cavalcante suffered a deep cut on the hairline due to a knee from Gaethje that forced the referee to stop the fight at 2:27 of the opening round.

In his third fight for the promotion, Cavalcante took on Strikeforce and 14 time UFC veteran Tyson Griffin at WSOF 4. After a back and forth fight, early in the third round Cavalcante took down an exhausted Griffin and proceeded to land a barrage of undefended punches from the back mount thus winning the fight via TKO.

Cavalcante was scheduled to rematch Justin Gaethje for the inaugural WSOF Lightweight Championship at WSOF 8 on January 18, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida but pulled out due to an undisclosed injury.

Cavalcante faced Melvin Guillard on July 5, 2014 at WSOF 11.[16] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–12–1 (2) Erivan Pereira TKO (punches) Brave CF 11 April 13, 2018 2 2:21 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Loss 21–11–1 (2) Alan Omer TKO (punches) Brave CF 9: The Kingdom of Champions November 17, 2017 3 3:30 Isa Town, Bahrain
Loss 21–10–1 (2) Kurt Holobaugh TKO (punches) Titan FC 44 May 19, 2017 4 2:45 Pembroke Pines, Florida For the interim Titan FC Lightweight Championship
Win 21–9–1 (2) Robert Turnquest Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 42 December 2, 2016 3 5:00 Coral Gables, Florida
Loss 20–9–1 (2) Freddy Assuncao Technical Submission (guillotine choke) Titan FC 40: Cavalcante vs. Assuncao August 5, 2016 4 0:24 Coral Gables, Florida Lost Titan FC Lightweight Championship
Win 20–8–1 (2) Pat Healy KO (punches) Titan FC 39: Cavalcante vs. Healy June 10, 2016 1 2:07 Coral Gables, Florida Won Titan FC Lightweight Championship
Win 19–8–1 (2) Gele Qing N/A (unknown) KFU: Kungfu Union September 21, 2014 N/A N/A Dalian, China Middleweight bout.
Loss 18–8–1 (2) Melvin Guillard TKO (punches and elbows) WSOF 11 July 5, 2014 2 2:36 Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Win 18–7–1 (2) Tyson Griffin TKO (punches) WSOF 4 August 10, 2013 3 1:37 Ontario, California, United States
Loss 17–7–1 (2) Justin Gaethje TKO (doctor stoppage) WSOF 2 March 23, 2013 1 2:27 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Due to a cut.
Win 17–6–1 (2) TJ O'Brien Submission (Achilles lock) WSOF 1 November 3, 2012 1 1:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 16–6–1 (2) Luis Palomino KO (punches) CFA 07: Never Give Up June 30, 2012 3 1:41 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Loss 16–5–1 (2) Isaac Vallie-Flagg Decision (split) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier May 19, 2012 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 16–4–1 (2) Bobby Green Decision (split) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson July 30, 2011 3 5:00 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
NC 15–4–1 (2) Justin Wilcox NC (accidental eye poke) Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum June 18, 2011 2 0:31 Dallas, Texas, United States Cavalcante poked Wilcox in the eye.
Loss 15–4–1 (1) Josh Thomson Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II October 9, 2010 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 15–3–1 (1) Katsunori Kikuno Decision (split) Dream 15 July 10, 2010 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 14–3–1 (1) Tatsuya Kawajiri Decision (unanimous) Dream 9 May 26, 2009 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 14–2–1 (1) Shinya Aoki Decision (unanimous) Dream 2: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 First Round April 29, 2008 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
NC 14–1–1 (1) Shinya Aoki NC (illegal elbows) Dream 1: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 First Round March 15, 2008 1 3:46 Saitama, Japan Lightweight GP Opening Round; Aoki injured via illegal downward elbows to the back of the head.
Win 14–1–1 Andre Amade Submission (armbar) Hero's 10 September 17, 2007 1 4:48 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2007 Middleweight Grand Prix final.
Win 13–1–1 Vitor Ribeiro TKO (punches) Hero's 10 September 17, 2007 1 0:35 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2007 Middleweight Grand Prix semi-final.
Win 12–1–1 Nam Phan TKO (punches) Dynamite!! USA June 2, 2007 1 0:26 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 11–1–1 Caol Uno Decision (majority) Hero's 7 October 9, 2006 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2006 Middleweight Grand Prix final.
Win 10–1–1 Rani Yahya Submission (guillotine choke) Hero's 7 October 9, 2006 1 0:39 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2006 Middleweight Grand Prix semi-final.
Win 9–1–1 Hiroyuki Takaya KO (flying knee) Hero's 6 August 5, 2006 1 0:30 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2006 Middleweight Grand Prix quarter-final.
Win 8–1–1 Hidetaka Monma TKO (punches) Hero's 5 May 3, 2006 1 2:08 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2006 Middleweight Grand Prix opening round.
Win 7–1–1 Michihiro Omigawa KO (punches) Cage Rage 14 December 3, 2005 1 0:49 London, England, United Kingdom
Draw 6–1–1 Ryan Schultz Draw SF 11: Rumble at the Rose Garden July 9, 2005 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 6–1 Henry Matamoros Decision (unanimous) HOOKnSHOOT: The Return April 2, 2005 3 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States Won Shooto Americas Welterweight Championship[17]
Win 5–1 Cengiz Dana Submission (guillotine choke) Cage Warriors 9: Xtreme Xmas December 18, 2004 3 4:55 Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Win 4–1 Bart Palaszewski Submission (guillotine choke) IHC 8: Ethereal November 20, 2004 1 1:03 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 3–1 Sebastian Korschilgen Submission (kimura) Shooto: Switzerland 2 September 4, 2004 1 N/A Zurich, Switzerland
Loss 2–1 Joachim Hansen Decision (majority) Shooto: 7/16 in Korakuen Hall July 16, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0 Brad Mohler Submission (achilles lock) HOOKnSHOOT: Live March 27, 2004 1 1:32 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 1–0 Justin Wiesniewski Submission (guillotine choke) AFC 7 February 27, 2004 1 1:53 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yu, Al (June 2, 2007). "Cavalcante Looks To Impress In L.A."
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 14, 2009. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Latest UFC, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) News and Results". Sherdog.
  4. ^ "DREAM.2 Results". Retrieved 2008-03-20.
  5. ^ "K-1 'Dynamite 2008' Play-by-Play". Sherdog.
  6. ^ "Report: "JZ" Cavalcante Signs 4 Fight Deal With Strikeforce".
  7. ^ "Gesias Cavalcante vs. Lyle Beerbohm slated for "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson"". 2011-07-07. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11.
  8. ^ Dave Walsh. "Gesias Cavalcante Completes 2012 S-Cup Field".
  9. ^ Dave Walsh. "S-Cup Update: Tournament Field Settled, Quarterfinal Matchups Announced".
  10. ^ Dave Walsh. "Hinata vs. Ristie Rematch, Imada vs. Abdollahi Complete S-Cup Fight Card".
  11. ^ Dave Walsh. "S-Cup 2012: Andy Souwer Wins 4th S-Cup".
  12. ^ Dave Walsh. "GLORY Announces the Signing of Hesdy Gerges, Ben Edwards and JZ Cavalcante".
  13. ^ "Glory signs Hesdy Gerges, Ben Edwards, and Gesias Cavalcante - Muay Thai Authority". Archived from the original on 2013-08-26.
  14. ^ "GLORY 11 CHICAGO - New Fights Confirmed".
  15. ^ "Three New Fights Confirmed for GLORY 11 CHICAGO".
  16. ^ Henderson, Jason (3 May 2014). "Melvin Guillard Vs JZ Cavalcante Set For WSOF 11". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  17. ^ a b

External links[edit]