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Thread: Gesias 'JZ' Cavalcante hopes WSOF is the promotion to break UFC stranglehold on MMA

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    Default Gesias 'JZ' Cavalcante hopes WSOF is the promotion to break UFC stranglehold on MMA

    One thing that stuck out to me most, was his assessment of his opponent. Instead of pointing out a specific weakness or strength, he feels that they have a lot in common, and is approaching the fight from that standpoint. He also spoke about the differences in Zuffa and WSOF. Here's what he had to say:

    Tyson Griffin

    Most fighters always like to talk about the differences they have with the guy that they're fighting. Me and Tyson, we have so much in common. We've both been through ups and downs, he's well rounded, same as me. I cannot come out and say, 'I'm gonna be stronger on this or that.' I think I'm going to come out and fight hard and so is he.

    My strongest point isn't some new trick. It's the knowledge I've gained from the things I've gone through that makes me feel stronger. I'm in a good place now. I've been searching for things inside myself, and finally, I think I've found them. Hopefully, it will show in my fight.


    The way they treat me is way better than when I was with Strikeforce. It's been more personal and definitely more fair. They listen if we have something to complain about. They sit down and do their best to get it worked out. I have not had any problems with them.

    I had something in my contract I wanted changed, and they came and we talked and worked it right out. When something like that happened with Zuffa when I was in Strikeforce, I had something I wanted to fix on my contract, and they just said ' It's going to be our way. If you don't like it, then leave it', and that was it.

    For the fighters, I don't think that's the way a company should be. That's the kind of power they have right now. The fighters are all waiting for another big organization to come along. I'm hoping that World Series of Fighting can be that one we've been waiting for.

    Tyson Griffin 'I wasn't winning, so it made sense that they cut me'
    MMA Goals

    I'm just trying to build quality relationships. I only have myself to blame for not building great relationships with the UFC people. I understand business and I wasn't winning, so it made sense that they cut me. Ray Sefo and I trained together at Extreme Couture, so we know each other very well. If I build good relationships at WSOF I'm not going to jump ship on them, just for the chance to make more money. Currently, it's 1 day, 1 fight, and 1 camp at a time. Thus far, they have done everything that a good organization should do. Right now, I am fighting for WSOF and I want to help them grow as much as they are helping to promote me.

    Fighting at 145

    I don't think 145 was a good fit for me. I didn't feel healthy, comfortable, or safe at that weight. The possibility of fighting Aldo, trying to getting more exposure, and basically being stubborn; I was trying to use those things as motivation. I ended up breaking my body down and got really sick. Cutting weight while being sick for my fight with Bart Palaszewski was miserable. Getting cut from the UFC after that really hurt me mentally and I went into a little depression. I took some time off from the sport and just tried enjoying life again. Little by little, I got back into it and started having fun again.

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    Greater Toronto Area.


    JZ's knees are always a huge question mark for me and the Gaethje was a fairly depressing bout as a fan of his. I think Tyson wins this unless he gets too careless on top and gets subbed.

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