One of the most popular international fighters is just about to head back into training as Top 10 lightweight Gesias "JZ" Calvancante is almost finished rehabbing his knee injury and is ready to go out and claim the Dream title he didn't get the first time around.

"A couple more weeks I'll be back in training and I hope I can fight by the end of the year," said Calvancante in an interview with

The knee injury has been lingering for some time. After his last fight against Shinya Aoki, JZ was forced into surgery to finally repair the longtime damage.

"My first injury was a week before the first tournament in Hero's when I fought Shaolin (Ribeiro). I kept going because I wanted to fight on New Year's Eve," he stated. "I could not so I came back in March to fight Aoki. It was a no contest. Then I kept pushing my knee, and then it ruptured totally."

With two fights left on his current contract with the Dream promotion, JZ is ready to get back in action. His first goal is to take aim at the current lightweight champion in the organization.

"As soon as I get ready, hopefully the end of the year, possibly I want to fight (Joachim) Hansen," he said with conviction. "Get my revenge, same that he did to get the belt, I want to do the same thing."

Calvancante will travel back to Florida to work with his home camp at American Top Team as he prepares for his comeback later this year.

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