“JZ” Calvancante Out 3-4 Months With Torn ACL

According to Sherdog, lightweight Gesias “JZ” Calvancante will be sidelined 3-4 months after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during his fight with submission specialist Shinya Aoki on April 29.

The American Top Team fighter has won the K-1 Hero’s lightweight grand prix twice and was the favorite to win the DREAM Lightweight grand prix.

“I kept doing the same game…I didn’t change. The emotion took control, so I couldn’t change in the fight. I wasn’t that smart.”

“When I got to the airport, they came behind us and asked…It [the next fight] was really close timing and the knee injury I’d had for a long time.”

DREAM 3 Results, Second Round Lightweight Grand Prix

Continuing in the lightweight grand prix: Eddie Alvarez, Caol Uno, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and possibly Shinya Aoki.

Side Note:
American Top Team has announced that Gesias “JZ” Calvancante will require orthoscopic surgury on his knee and could be out possibly the rest of 2008.

DREAM 3: Aoki Injured, JZ Calvancante To Move On (UPDATE)

On the Savage Dog Show today, Greg Savage reported that he received a text message from American Top Team, informing them that Shinya Aoki will not be able to continue in the lightweight grand prix, due to a facial injury and will be replaced by JZ Calvancante.

JZ Calvancante will now face Katsuhiko Nagata in the second round of the lightweight grand prix on May 11.

In their first fight at DREAM 1 was ruled a no contest after Aoki was hit in the shoulder blade with an illegal elbow by Calvancante, the two fighter faced off in a rematch at DREAM 2. Aoki looked out matched in their first showing, but turned things around and pulled off the surprising decision victory over JZ at DREAM 2.

DREAM rules state that if the fighter can’t continue, the loser will take his place in the tournament.

UPDATE: Sherdog is now reporting that JZ will not fight at DREAM 3, what a mess.

Calvancante was approached about replacing the Japanese fighter, but the 24-year-old American Top Team representative could not come to terms with the promotion and has since left Japan.