May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Gesias Cavalcante (right) fights Isaac Vallie-Flagg (left) during the lightweight bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
SAN JOSE -- This is the Strikeforce undercard live blog for the Barnett vs. Cormier event from the HP Pavilion.
There will be five fights on the undercard. Gesias Cavalcante vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Virgil Zwicker vs. Carlos Inocente, Gian Villante vs. Derrick Mehmen, Quinn Mulhern vs. Yuri Villefort, and James Terry vs. Bobby Green will be featured on the prelims.
Check out the live blog below.
James Terry vs. Bobby Green
Round 1: Lightweight bout between former Affliction fighter Green and the AKA's Terry opens things up. Not much action in the first minute. Green throws a couple jabs, then Terry answers with a front kick. Terry barely misses with a head kick attempt. Terry more active midway through the round, but isn't doing much damage. Terry connects with a left hook. Terry connects with a left and walks into a Green counter. Green lands a combo. Green attempts a takedown and pushes Terry back to the fence. They end up center cage and Terry connects with the biggest punch of the round. MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Terry.
Round 2: Terry connects with a left hand and a low kick after a minute of both fighters dancing. Terry finds a home with a big right hand and Green backpedals. Terry connects with a straight right. Green drops his hands and sticks out his tongue; Terry misses with a high kick in response. Terry with a combo. Green finally opening up a bit, connects with a straight left. Terry connects with a left to the jaw and follows with a right to the jaw. Green doing far more talking than fighting as the round ends. MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Terry (20-18 overall).
Round 3: Another slow first minute. Green connects with a combo and opens a cut on the bridge of Terry's nose. Terry connects with a left and a low kick, and pushes Green into the fence. Green goes for a knee from the Thai clinch and just misses. Terry throwing with more volume, but Green's punches are landing on Terry's cut. Green lands a combo. One minute left. Terry throwing more, but Green's been more effective with his strikes in the round. Green with a pair of body kicks right before the horn. MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Green (29-28 Terry overall).
The judges render a split-decision win for Bobby Green, as he took two out of three 29-28 scores.
Round 1: Welterweight fight here. Mulhern is a Strikeforce Challengers vet. The 21-year old Villefort is 6-0 but hasn't fought in two years. An early exchange ends with Villefort throwing Mulhern to the mat. Villefort with a crisp low kick, Mulhern flicks a couple jabs. Mulhern with a takedown, briefly gets up, goes back into Villefort's guard. Villefort is clearly comfortable on his back, but Mulhern briefly gets his back. They're standing and clinching along the fence. Fight ends up back on the ground, Mulhern on the ground trying to work a shoulder lock. Villefort in Mulhern's guard as the round winds to a close. Villefort lands a late elbow. MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Mulhern.
Round 2: Fight goes right back to the ground, Mulhern is in Villefort's half guard. They stand and Villefort drills Mulhern with a knee, which busts open Mulhern's nose. Mulhern transitions from side control to mount, but Villefort escapes. They're briefly back standing, then end back up on the ground. Villefort tries to grab a leg, but Mulhern goes for a choke. One minute left and Villefort is in Mulhern's guard. Villefort connects with several punches in the round's closing seconds. MMAFighting sores the round 10-9 for Villefort (19-19 overall).
Round 3: An early scramble ends with Mulhern in side control. Three minutes left. Mulhern still in side control, but Villerfort spins out and they're both standing. Mulhern shoots, they end up on the ground again and Mulhern goes for a leg lock. Villefort escapes as they contunie scrambling on the ground. Mulhern trying for an arm bar, can't get it. He ends up in the mount with a minute left. More grappling over the final minute as the bout concludes. MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Mulhern (29-28 Mulhern).
The judges score the bout a split decision for Quinn Mulhern, on scores of 30-27 and 29-28 for Mulhern and 29-28 for Villefort.
Round 1: Light heavyweight bout. Villante, the former heavyweight, connects with an early uppercut, which drops Mehmen. He clinches Mehman along the fence and connects on knees to the body as Mehman tries to get up. They're back up, two minutes in. Mehmen flicking jabs. Mehmen rushes Villante but nothing comes of it. Mehmen has a mouse under his left eye. Villante pops him again and they clinch along the fence. Mehmen connects on a kick. MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Villante.
Round 2: Not much of note in the opening minute as the two circle each other. Mehmen blocks Villante's attempted high kick. Midway through, a Mehmen counter catches Villante in the eye. Back to action after a brief break. They briefly clinch with about 90 seconds left. Mehmen picks up the pace, connects with a leg kick. Quick scramble on the ground and they're back up. Things open up in the closing seconds as both try to steal the round. MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Mehmen (19-19 overall).
Round 3: After another slow opening minute, Mehmen comes in close and eats a couple Villante uppercuts. Villante connects with a leg kick that registers. Mehmen comes out swinging and Villante covers up and gets to safety. Mehmen walks into a jab. Villante stalking him, lands a low kick. Midway through the round. Mehmen breathing heavily. Villante landing straight lefts. The two clinch and Villante throws a knee. Villante lands a big right. Another leg kick. Mehmen shoots for a takedown and gets Villante to his knees along the fence as the fight ends. MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Villante (29-28 Villante overall).
Gian Villante wins via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Virgil Zwicker vs. Guto Inocente
Round 1: Marcos Rosales is your referee for this one. An early exchange ends with the fighters clinching. Inocente lands a head kick, but Zwicker shakes it off and gets a takedown. They're back up. Inocente opening up, connects with a couple kicks. Inocente just misses on a spinning back fist. Inocente lands a knee to the body and to the head. Credit Zwicker's toughness. Zkwicker with a spinning back fist of his own. Zwicker appears to be bleeding from the nose. Inocente with a knee. Zwicker with a sweet throw. They back standing late. Inocente clearly more skilled and Zwicker is clearly tough. First real crowd response of the night. MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Inocente.
Round 2: Inocente slips going for a head kick and Zwicker ends up in his guard. We're back standing, 90 seconds in. Wild exchange of punches and kicks. Inocente lands a knee. Zwicker catches a Inocente kick and backs him into the cage. Two minutes left, standing, Inocente connects with a spinning back fist. They trade knees. Zwicker again catches a kick. Greco clinch, Inocente tries for a throw, doesn't get it. Back to their feet. Zwicker with a spinning back fist. Both fighters breathing hard, Zwicker goes for a late takedown. MMAFIghting scores the round 10-9 for Inocente (20-18 overall).
Round 3: More of the same in the early going, just at a much slower pace. Zwicker really digs in for a takedown attempt but doesn't quite get it. Zwicker throws his billionth spinning back fist. Zwicker catches Inocente's kick for the billionth time. Inocente lands a knee to the head and Zwicker shakes it off. Two minutes to go. Both guys completely gassed. They clinch along the fence with about a minute left. Zwicker hits a standing elbow. Zwicker giving everything he has left in the closing minute. Thirty seconds left. Zwicker blocks an Inocente flying knee. Zwicker charges at him. Fight ends, crowd gives both guys a much deserved ovation for effort, if not technique. MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Zwicker (29-28 Inocente overall).
Guto Inocente wins via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
Round 1: Cavalcante with a takedown a minute in and works for a submission. Has a guillotine, but it doesn't appear tight. They're back up. Vallie-Flagg seems to eat a kick every time he comes close, so he keeps his distance. Vallie-Flagg hits a running knee. Cavalcante pops him with a head kick, then misses with another late. MMAFighting scores the round for Cavalcante, 10-9.
Round 2: Fight hits the ground. Cavalcante in Vallie-Flagg's half-guard. They're back to their feet. Cavalcante connects with a straight left and a low kick. Vallie-Flagg keeping his distance. Midway through the round. Vallie-Flagg has a streak of blood streaming below his right eye, which Cavalcante targets. Clinch work along the fence in the final minute. Cavalcante throws an elbow after the final horn. MMAFighting scores the round for Cavalcante, 10-9 (20-18 overall).
Round 3: Vallie-Flagg starts with a flurry, backing Cavalcante into the fence. Back to center cage. Vallie-Flagg is fighting like someone who was told by his corner in between rounds that he's losing the fight. Vallie-Flagg connects with a standing elbow and a front kick. Cavalcante backs Vallie-Flagg into the fence, but Vallie-Flagg reverses. Vallie-Flagg's head kick lands. Two minutes left, Vallie-Flagg the more active of the two. Vallie-Flagg with a flying knee in the final minute. They finish with a flourish. Valiant third-round by Vallie-Flagg. MMAFighting scores the round for Vallie-Flagg, 10-9 (29-28 Cavalcane overall).
Isaac Vallie-Flagg wins via split decision, getting two of three 29-28 scores.
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