Round 1: Cavalcante wastes not time getting started. He comes across the cage with a combination. Vallie-Flagg misses with a looping left hand. Cavalcante lands an outside leg kick. Cavalcante shoots in and secures a double leg takedown. He takes Vallie-Flagg’s back. He works for a choke. Cavalcante is on top pressing him against the cage. Vallie-Flagg gets up but eats a knee in the process. They clinch. Cavalcante presses him against the cage before separating. Vallie-Flagg misses with a big right hand. Vallie-Flagg lands a jumping knee. Vallie-Flagg lands a kick to the body. Cavalcante lands a high kick. Vallie-Flagg lands another jumping knee. Cavalcante slips throwing a high kick but gets up and lands a right hand at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cavalcante.
Round 2: Cavalcante on the offensive. He secures a takedown early. Cavalcante advances to half guard. He moves to the mount position. Vallie-Flagg escapes out the backdoor. Cavalcante works hooks to the body. Vallie-Flagg lands a combination and a knee. Cavalcante lands an overhand right and Vallie-Flagg misses with a big counter right hand. Vallie-Flagg connects with a right hand. Vallie-Flagg lands two right hands. He’s finding his range and timing. Cavalcante looks for a takedown but Vallie-Flagg shakes it off. Vallie-Flagg lands a short uppercut on the inside. Cavalcante switches stances. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Vallie-Flagg.
Round 3: They take the center of the cage. Vallie-Flagg pumping his jab. Vallie-Flagg applying the pressure. The clinch. Vallie-Flagg lands knees to Cavalcante’s legs. JZ drops down for a single leg and Vallie-Flagg peppers his body with punches. They separate. Vallie-Flagg continues with the pressure. He pushes Cavalcante to the cage and lands knees to the thighs and body of JZ. Valli-Flagg lands a hard right hand. Vallie-Flagg lands a front kick to the face of JZ. Vallie-Flagg is the more active fighter. He isn’t giving Cavalcante much space to work. Cavalcante lands a straight right. Vallie-Flagg presses him against the fence and mixes up his strikes to the body and head. He lands another jumping knee. Vallie-Flagg lands a series of punches at the end. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Vallie-Flagg.
The judges score the fight for Vallie-Flagg by split decision. The scorecards read: 28-29, 29-28, 29-28.