Californians Billy Evangelista, James Terry to Scrap at May 19 Strikeforce in San Jose
and James Terry
are slated to square off on May 19, Strikeforce
officials announced Wednesday.
Highlighted by a heavyweight grand prix final between Josh Barnett
Cormier, the event takes place at HP Pavilion in San Jose,
Calif. Terry-Evangelista will appear on the Showtime Extreme
undercard broadcast immediately preceding the main card on
Evangelista, 31, recently lost back-to-back fights for the first
time in his six years as a pro. The American Kickboxing Academy
talent began his career with 11 victories and one no-contest before
falling by unanimous decision to Jorge
Masvidal in March 2011. Evangelista was then turned away by
Noons this past December, dropping another unanimous verdict at
Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Masvidal.”
Like his opponent, Terry also hails from central California and
started his career on a hot streak, winning 10 of his first 12
fights. However, the 31-year-old has lost twice in his last three
outings, falling to prospect Caros Fodor
last June before rebounding with a knockout win over Magno
Almeida in September. The lightweight then kicked off 2012 with
another defeat, dropping a split decision to Nah-Shon
Burrell on Jan. 7.
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