While we all patiently wait until August to watch Kenny Florian take on BJ Penn for the UFC Lightweight Championship, there’s another solid lightweight fight scheduled to take place in Japan in May to help tide us over.
According to Sherdog, JZ Cavalcante is set to make his return to action against Tatsuya Kawajiri in May.
Two-time K-1 Hero’s champion Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante has agreed to face off with Japanese stalwart Tatsuya Kawajiri at Dream 9 on May 26, according to sources in Cavalcante’s American Top Team camp.
Cavalcante (14-2-1) will look to get back on the winning track after his last two outings, which returned a no contest and his first loss in nearly four years. Both of those outcomes came against well-regarded Shinya Aoki, with the no contest coming as a result of illegal elbow strikes — something ATT still contests.
The 25-year-old Brazilian will be venturing back into action after a nearly 13-month layoff, the longest of his five-year career.
You have to imagine JZ will the early favorite in this one, but coming off his knee injury and a 13 month layoff, will we see the same JZ we’re accustomed to seeing? Will there be a little ring rust? Is his knee 100%?
All questions that make this outcome a little less predictable and the fight a little more intriguing. Regardless of how it ends up, at least on paper, it should be one of the more exciting fights of the summer.
In other DREAM.9 news, Tatame is reporting that Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza will be back in action on May 26 as well.