Traditionally in America when we talk about mixed martial arts we think of organizations like the UFC, WEC, or Showtime’s Strikeforce.  However, you might be surprised to know that there is a whole other world of MMA throughout much of Asia.  Actually, many big name fighters like Anderson “The Spider” Silva, Dan Henderson, and Fedor Emelianenko were already champions in the sport when they were first strangers to us Westerners.  Now to add to the list is South Florida local, Gesias Cavalcante, aka “JZ Calvan,” who recently signed with Showtime’s premier MMA show, Strikeforce.

As a long time member of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, FL, JZ has been fighting in Japan since 2004.  With a fight record of 14-3-1, having seven wins by submission, five by knockout, and only a couple making it out of the first round, you can be sure JZ isn’t a fly-by-night superstar.   In 2006, in one of Japan’s most reputable shows, he became the K-1 Hero’s Middleweight Tournament Champion.  Then, in 2007, he successfully defended his title by beating the #1 fighter in the semi-finals, and armbarring his opponent for the final win.  For those of you unfamiliar with the armbar submission, it is when your elbow is forced beyond hyperextension until you “tap” for mercy.

On July 10, JZ will be making one last appearance in a reputable Japanese organization called, Dream.  The event will be shown live on HD Net, so be sure to check in on our MMA column for scheduled show times.   Although he has yet to schedule a fight date with Strikeforce, it has been rumored that he will make his US debut sometime in August or September of this year.  Rest assured, South Florida Chronicle will be there every step of the way to bring you the latest updates on JZ Calvan and many more South Florida MMA and Boxing sensations!