CEO Scott Coker announced Wednesday that Gesias
Cavalcante will face Issac
Vallie-Flagg at Strikeforce’s
May 19 event in San Jose, Calif.
The lightweight contest will likely take place on the Showtime
Extreme undercard broadcast, though the event’s bout order has yet
to be officially revealed.
Showcasing a lightweight championship rematch between Gilbert
Melendez and Josh
Thomson, the event takes place at the HP Pavilion. The main
card airs live on Showtime and will feature a heavyweight
confrontation pitting Josh Barnett
Cormier to decide the promotion’s grand prix champion.
Once considered a top-tier lightweight, Cavalcante has struggled in
recent years, posting a 2-3 record with two no-contests in his last
seven fights. Following losses Shinya Aoki
Kawajiri, “JZ” earned a win over Katsunori
Kikuno at Dream 15 before stumbling in his 2010 Strikeforce
debut against Josh
Thomson. Though Cavalcante’s next bout with Justin
Wilcox ended prematurely due to an accidental eye poke, the
Imperial Athletics rep responded with a victory in his most recent
outing on July 30, edging former King of the Cage champion Bobby Green
by split decision.
Cavalcante will likely serve as the stiffest test of Vallie-Flagg’s
career. Representing Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, N.M.,
Vallie-Flagg has not lost since July 2007. Formerly competing at
welterweight, the American was victorious in his Strikeforce debut,
Melancon via split decision in a 175-pound catch-weight contest