Strikeforce head to Nashville on April 17th for their second live televised event on CBS, and though there is no Fedor Emelianenko this time round, the promotion does have three major title fights lined up on the televised portion of the card.
The biggest draw for this event is undoubtedly former PRIDE and UFC star Dan Henderson who makes his Strikeforce debut against current middleweight champion Jake Shields.
Shields moved up to 185lbs to fight for the belt at the last CBS event against Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller, but this will be a tougher test, and should establish whether he has a long term future in the division.
Henderson has not fought since knocking out Michael Bisping at UFC 100 following a stint as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter season 9 and so will be keen to regain that momentum by adding yet another title belt to his trophy room.
Meanwhile in the light-heavyweight division Gegard Mousasi will defend his belt for the first time against up and coming star Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lowal.
Mousasi won the title by defeating Renato Sobral back in August of ’09, and has since won a non-title bout with Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in Strikeforce, and Gary Goodridge at Dynamite 2009!! in Japan, extending his unbeaten run to 15 fights.
While not as experienced as Mousasi, King Mo has himself went on a winning streak since entering into the sport, notching up six wins without defeat. His Strikeforce debut came in December where he fought Mike Whitehead in a heavyweight bout and impressed with a first round knockout victory.
The final fight on the main bill sees another belt on the line as new lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez takes on one of DREAM’s most talented and controversial fighters, Shinya Aoki.
Melendez avenged a previous defeat to Josh Thomson to claim the title at the tail end of last year, and will now look to prove that he’s one of the best at 155lbs by defeating Aoki.
The Japanese Jiu-Jitsu specialist also has a point to prove though, holding a desire to show that DREAM is the No.1 MMA organization in the world by emerging victorious in his first ever fight outside of Japan.
Update: In a late addition to the card Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller will take on local fighter Tim Stout (8-7) in the preliminary section of the card. If the three title fights finish before the end of the 2hr show then the Miller Vs Stout fight will also be broadcast to make up the extra time.
See the full fight card for Strikeforce: Nashville below.
Strikeforce: Nashville Fight Card:
Main Card: (Televised On CBS)
- Dan Henderson Vs Jake Shields (Middleweight Title Fight)
- Gegard Mousasi Vs Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lowal (Light-heavyweight Title Fight)
- Gilbert Melendez Vs Shinya Aoki (Lightweight Title Fight)
- Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller Vs Tim Stout
- Ovince St.Preux Vs Chris Hawk
- Justin Pennington Vs Dustin Ortiz
- Thomas Campbell Vs Cody Floyd
- Hunter Worsham Vs Zach Underwood
- Andy Uhrich Vs Dustin West
- Josh Schockman Vs Cale Yarbrough