Strikeforce Grand Prix Finale: Gesias Cavalcante vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg Round-by-Round Review

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Round 1: Vallie-Flagg jumps right into the fire, going right after Cavalcante. Push-kicks by Vallie-Flagg back Cavalcante up, as "JZ" starts to mix his levels up nicely. Cavalcante avoids the strike and gets a big takedown, working to to back. Cavalcante attempting to get a hook in, switching to the front choke now from the rear-naked. Cavalcante connects with a big knee as Vallie-Flagg stands up. Cavalcante lands a straight punch, followed by a solid right-left-kick combination. Vallie-Flagg with a big overhand right that misses. Both fighters blocking each other, with Vallie-Flagg missing on a big right-hand. Vallie-Flagg does land a knee, but Cavalcante remains upright. Cavalcante lands flush with a right-kick, but Vallie-Flagg recovers and lands a jumping knee followed by a liver kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-10

Round 2: Cavalcante gets early control, working from side-mount to full-mount. Valie-Flagg sneaks out, though, and the two are back to the stand-up game. Vallie-Flagg landing strikes that are forcing Cavalcante to backpedal. Cavalcante lands a pair of body strikes, but Vallie-Flagg fires back with a head-kick. Exchange of leg kicks by the two, with Cavalcante attempting another head-kick. Awful lot of those in the prelim portion of the card. Somebody wants a crazy, wild, knockout. Cavalcante with some precise striking, as Vallie-Flagg attempts a wild flying knee. Push kicks by Vallie-Flagg seem to be bothering Cavalcante. Vallie-Flagg throws a right, and follows up with an elbow that lands.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Vallie-Flagg

Round 3: Vallie-Flagg comes right out and takes centerstage, landing a big right. Cavalcante misses with a takedown, and Vallie-Flagg lands a knee that backs "JZ" up. IVF in control before Cavalcante uses his power and changes the action. Vallie-Flagg misses with some wild lefts and rights, but once they go toe-to-toe, he is more effective, hitting Cavalcante. IVF pushes Cavalcante against the cage, and after they square off, Vallie-Flagg lands a big kick. Knees to the body by IVF, and he lands a huge left that lands flush. Cavalcante with a leg kick, but IVF walks through it and goes back to striking. Under two minutes to go and this could go either way right now. Vallie-Flagg with another big right, but Cavalcante lands a straight left to the chin. IVF controlling Cavalcante against the cage, landing a big left and attempting another flying knee. Head-kick lands by IVF, and another flying knee attempt. Knee to the head by IVF hits, as well, and he is doing all he can to secure this round and the match.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Vallie-Flagg

Isaac Vallie-Flagg defeated Gesias Cavalcante via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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