twitter google

JZ Calvalcante joins list of DREAM fighters waiting for payment

Respected lightweight JZ Cavalcante has added his name to the list of Mixed Martial Artists still waiting for DREAM to pay them for services rendered. The Brazilian recently spoke to TapOut Radio to discuss the situation, as well as his hard-fought decision loss to former Strikeforce 155-pound champion Josh Thomson at last weekend’s “Strikeforce – Diaz vs. Noons II” event.

While being interviewed on the show, the American Top Team product mentioned he was still waiting for his check for beating Katsunori Kikuno this past July via split-decision. Cavalcante also implied he will avoid fighting for the Japanese promotion until the situation is resolved and that DREAM officials have refused to respond to his manager’s request for information on the subject.

Cavalcante is one of a number of fighters who have competed under the DREAM banner who has run into salary issues. Ralek Gracie recently mentioned he has yet to see a dime from his decision win over Kazushi Sakuraba on May 29th at DREAM 14, while Bibiano Fernandes, Nick Diaz, Jimmy Ambriz, and Gary Goodridge are among the group of other Mixed Martial Artists who have had problems receiving money from the company in a timely manner.

  • Dufresne says:

    I’m hoping that this isn’t a sign that DREAM is in financial trouble. Not paying the people that are the sole reason for your companies existence isn’t exactly a good business practice…

  • Angry Mike says:

    Who knows how these things go in Japan, but when a U.S. company stops making payroll, it’s already stiffed its creditors including vendors and it’s headed for bankruptcy. I hope that isn’t the case with Dream, but if it’s not, failing to pay the fighters, or some of them, is indefensible. Have any of the Japanese fighters been stiffed?


    Damn shame-I feel bad for these world class athletes not getting paid on time


You must be logged in to post a comment.