Strikeforce Round-by-Round Review: Justin Wilcox vs. Jorge Masvidal

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A pair of lightweights step inside the cage next, as Justin Wilcox (11-4) takes on one-time title contender Jorge Masvidal (22-7). The referee will be John McCarthy.

Round 1: Big head-kick attempt by Wilcox, as he seems to take a poke to the eye to start. Wilcox having to go deep inside on Masvidal just to get close, as Masvidal sits back and waits to attack. Wilcox gets in and grabs hold of Masvidal, taking him to the mat. Masvidal working hard to get back up, landing some quick elbows to the face of Wilcox as the wrestler keeps hold of him. Back to the stand-up game and Masvidal starts going on the offensive, landing lefts and rights. Flying knee by Masvidal connects and he goes on the attack, as Wilcox tries running away. Masvidal hitting him with everything, including a big liver shot. Wilcox tries to get a takedown, but Masvidal fights it off and just missing a big right hook. Masvidal hitting him very hard, including a second knee. No idea how Wilcox is still standing, he even breaks a quick smile before pushing Masvidal nearly over. Wilcox firing back now and the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Round 2: Wilcox trying to take this fight to the ground, but Masvidal doesn't allow it. Masvidal with another knee. Body kick by Wilcox connects, as he tries to come in low and hit Masvidal in the chin. Wilcox faking the takedown and looking to land a right, but struggling to off-set the seven-inch reach advantage Masvidal has. Masvidal takes a head-kick and taunts Wilcox to continue striking. Right to the chin, and another by Masvidal land. Under two minutes to go in the round, as Wilcox attempts a Superman punch by jumping into the air. Masvidal fends off another takedown attempt with ease. Body shot by Wilcox lands, a does a right to the ear. Another failed takedown attempt by Wilcox and Masvidal misses wild with a left. A knee doesn't miss by Masvidal, though, as he hits Wilcox again flush.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Round 3: Wilcox with a big right to start, as Masvidal ignores an open to counter-punch. Wilcox pushing the pressure on Masvidal now, as Wilcox lands a jab, followed by a nice 1-2 combo. Wilcox the aggressor in this round, firig off combos and looking for takedowns. Kick lands by Masvidal, though he eats an uppercut for his effort. Masvidal fakes a knee and lands a right. Wilcox fakes a punch and gets a takedown, but Masvidal quickly gets to his feet as Wilcox pushes him against the cage. Now, Wilcox has control of the legs but Masvidal is able to begin walking up the cage. Masvidal gets up without suffering any damage. Wilcox shoots for a single-leg, but Masvidal fights it off. Under a minute to go and Wilcox continues to be more aggressive. Masvidal lands a knee and fends off another takedown attempt.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Wilcox

Jorge Masvidal def. Justin Wilcox via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

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