Breaking News: Aoki Out, ‘JZ' Back in Tourney

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grappler0000
4/30/08 3:00:42PM
Just a day following Gesias "JZ" Calvancante (Pictures)'s exit from Dream's lightweight tournament, the American Top Team slugger is expected to find his way back in the field, a source from Calvancante's camp informed Sherdog.com Wednesday morning.

Shinya Aoki (Pictures), 15-2 with 1 NC, suffered a facial injury in Tuesday's bout that saw him outpoint Calvancante after two rounds. The injury will prevent the 24-year-old Japanese grappler from competing in the May 11 tournament semifinal.

According to the source, Calvancante, fresh off his first mixed martial arts loss in nearly four years, was contacted by Dream staff early Wednesday and informed of Aoki's withdrawal.

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DCRage
4/30/08 3:02:46PM
We just can't have a fight between these two without some sort of controversy now, can we? Really unfortunate that this happened because it seemed one of them finally earned the legit win.
thatfedorsohotrightnow
4/30/08 3:15:12PM
Ironic that JZ was bitching about the short turn around between fights and now he is the beneficary of said turn around.
tberg420
4/30/08 3:23:14PM
JZ clearly should've been awarded the 1st fight so the right guy is going through. I honestly think that this is becoming a running joke because now JZ will win the Grand Prix and will have a rubber match with Aoki.
jiujitsufreak74
4/30/08 3:40:47PM
this truly is amazing. i was looking forward to seeing Aoki take the tourney as a testament to grapplers world wide; but as others have mentioned JZ won the first fight and he should have moved on in the first place. however i disagree with it being a joke. if JZ runs the rest of the tourney...which i think he will...a rubber match with Aoki would be insane. i would love to see how JZ changes his game for their 3rd match as it seemed Aoki had the better game plan this time around.
roman
4/30/08 4:17:50PM
Learn to read people. It says "WILL NOT REPLACE AOKI."

CantAndleDaRiddum
4/30/08 4:41:16PM

Posted by roman

Learn to read people. It says "WILL NOT REPLACE AOKI."




jomatty
4/30/08 4:55:28PM
aoki being hurt in no way takes anything away from his win. if anything it is a testament to how tough he is that he continued to fight and win. when you are hurt in a fight you win and cant continue in a tournament it doesnt take anything away from your win...
theguido
4/30/08 5:36:04PM
JZ will not compete, due to contract problems.
grappler0000
4/30/08 5:41:00PM

Posted by roman

Learn to read people. It says "WILL NOT REPLACE AOKI."




The article has clearly been updated since it's original posting.
coldchillin
4/30/08 6:45:08PM
well if not JZ... isn't Elite and Strikeforce on good terms with Dream?

Let me throw two names out there: Nick Diaz or Gilbert Melendez?
dust
4/30/08 8:06:43PM
Gil should have been in from the beginning. Nick Diaz hasn't sucked down to 155 before, but I think he probably would.
The_Grim_Reaper
4/30/08 9:14:48PM
there is no official word Aoki will not compete right they are being very cautious and it says "JZ will not compete", hopefully everything works out and Aoki will be back in the ring on May 11th
Porch28
4/30/08 9:53:15PM
Breaking News: ‘JZ' Will Not Replace Aoki
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
by Greg Savage (greg@sherdog.com)

Gesias "JZ" Calvancante (Pictures) was contacted by Dream staff early Wednesday and informed of Shinya Aoki (Pictures)'s withdrawal from the May 11 Dream lightweight grand prix semifinals, a source from Calvancante's camp told Sherdog.com Wednesday.

Aoki suffered a facial injury in Tuesday's bout that saw him outpoint Calvancante after two rounds.

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.
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coldchillin
4/30/08 11:45:05PM
I forgot Melendez will be fighting Thompson soon. Diaz has a fight coming up as well. I still hope they are able to sign JZ but I really wanted to see Aoki in the next round.
Mayhem13
5/1/08 12:50:30AM
Riberio should replace him
prozacnation1978
5/1/08 1:10:19AM
he sure booked out of japan in a hurry,
Kpro
5/1/08 12:54:49PM
Maybe if Uno loses his first fight of the night, they can just put him right back in Aoki's place later in the night.
coldchillin
5/1/08 1:26:09PM

Posted by Mayhem13

Riberio should replace him



Shaolin would be a great choice.
hdnet_mma
5/1/08 5:10:14PM
Dream will be be on HDNet... I love it!
Pookie
5/1/08 5:37:53PM

Posted by coldchillin


Posted by Mayhem13

Riberio should replace him



Shaolin would be a great choice.



Shaolin could very well win it all if he didnt match-up with ishida and got Kawajiri in the finals. He probably would.
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