Two time HERO`S 154-pound tournament champion, Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti, took time to call out PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi following his tournament victory at the K-1 HERO’s Tournament Finals in Yokohama, Japan.
“I want to fight tougher opposition,” Calvancanti said. “I have to fight the best to become the best. I’d like other fighters from PRIDE to follow the footsteps of Kazushi Sakuraba and Ikuhisa Minowa and join HERO`S. I’d like to face current PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi if he joins HERO’S.”
“I know a lot about Gomi,” said the 23-year-old American Top Team product. “He has good hands and is one of the best in the world and has an exciting style. I studied his game since he fought my teammate Marcus Aurelio two times.”
Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti sports a mixed martial arts record of 14-1-1 with decisive victories over the likes of Vitor Ribeiro, Nam Phan, Rani Yahya, Hiroyuki Takaya, and Michihiro Omigawa.
Takanori Gomi sports a mixed martial arts record of 27-3 with victories over the likes of Hayato Sakurai, Luiz Azeredo, Marcus Aurelio, and Mitsuhiro Ishida. Gomi hasn’t fought since February when he was submitted with a gogoplata by Nick Diaz at PRIDE 33: The Second Coming. The fight was later ruled a no contest when Nick Diaz failed his post-fight drug test. According to the article, Gomi could join K-1 Hero’s when his contract with PRIDE expires at the end of September.