By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
According to recent reports, Alex Davis, manager to highly regarded 155-pound MMA contender Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante, confirmed his fighters' next match on a recent edition of MMAWeekly.com Radio. In an interesting pairing, JZ Cavalcante will make his Strikeforce debut against former champion of their lightweight division, Josh “The Punk” Thomson.
The match would likely have title implications in Strikeforce, with the winner moving closer to a crack at current Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, which in the case of Thomson would cap off an exciting trilogy of fights.
Thomson (17-3) last fought at the infamous Strikeforce/M-1 Global co-promoted event in Thomson's hometown of San Jose, the event which saw the legendary streak of Fedor Emelianenko ended by rising contender Fabricio Werdum. That same night, Thomson took out a game Pat Healy by rear-naked choke with just seconds left of the final round of their entertaining bout, one many felt was the fight of the night that June 26th evening. A win over the respected Cavalcante would certainly move along Thomson's quest to get back in the cage with multiple-time rival Melendez.
Cavalcante (15-3-1) on the other hand has spent the majority of his MMA career in various Japanese-based organizations, compiling an impressive list of wins on his MMA resume, as he had several of the finest 155 lb. fighters not signed by the UFC to challenge himself against. JZ's last performance came just two months ago at DREAM 15, where he took a tough split decision over Katsunori Kikuno. Prior to the victory, Cavalcante had been out of action healing up after a pair of losses to the top ranked Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya Kawajiri. A win over Thomson in his Strikeforce debut would set up a new legitimate lightweight contender for the San Jose-based promotion to utilize, one who often puts on entertaining fights when he enters the ring or cage.
The Cavalcante-Thomson match would serve as an undercard bout at the Strikeforce: San Jose event on October 9. The main event that night will be a grudge match for the Strikeforce welterweight title, as current champion Nick Diaz defends his title against former EliteXC champion K.J. Noons. Noons is the last man to defeat Diaz, as he took their November 10, 2007 fight by technical knockout due to doctor stoppage after one round. After the victory all hell broke loose as Diaz's corner stormed the cage, leading to a skirmish between both camps.
The Diaz-Noons rematch joins Cavalcante-Thomson, along with a women's welterweight title fight between Sarah Kaufman and Marloes Coenen and Matt Lindland vs. Luke Rockhold, as matches announced for the 10/9 event, which emanates from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, which is basically home-turf for the consensus number two mixed-martial arts promotion in North America.
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