by MMAWeekly.com Live
Strikeforce returns to CBS on Saturday night live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The main card features three title fights, headlined by Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields defending against Dan Henderson.
Strikeforce Nashville airs live on CBS at 9 p.m. ET, with a delayed broadcast at 9 p.m. PT on the West Coast in the U.S. MMAWeekly.com will be providing live coverage of Saturday’s event, starting with the preliminary bouts, which are expected to start at approximately 3:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. ET.
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STRIKEFORCE NASHVILLE PLAY-BY-PLAY:
JAKE SHIELDS VS. DAN HENDERSON
R1 – Shields starts out with a few kicks. Henderson rocks Shields, Jake recovers and attempts a heel hook. Dan escapes. Henderson misses a counter straight right hand as Shields gets close. Hendo landing another big right and Shields falls on his back. They get up and Shields is dropped again but survives a flurry from Dan on the ground. The two clinch against the cage and Big John breaks them up. Shields is very cautious with his strikes. Shields goes for a single leg but Henderson defends, they end up clinched against the fence and the round closes.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Dan Henderson
R2 – Shields goes for a single but Dan defends, temporarily takes Shields’ back before giving up to guard. Jake transitions to full mount as Henderson elbows his thigh. Shields begins to throw his punches as Henderson is careful not to give up his back. Henderson gets half guard but Shields transitions back to full mount quickly. Shields landing but not doing a lot of damage. Shields begins to increase his volume, pushes Henderson to the fence. Henderson survives the round.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Jake Shields
R3 – Shields more aggressive standing. Henderson defends a double leg attempt. Shields gets a single leg, Henderson pulls guard. Shields moves to side control. Henderson defends the full mount attempt well. Dan gets half guard again as the two fighters move closer to the fence. Shields gets full mount as Henderson defends against a guillotine choke. Round ends Henderson defending an armbar attempt.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Jake Shields
R4 – Henderson more active with his strikes now. Dan defends a single leg. Shields goes for another single near the fence. Shields gets the take down after being tangled up. The Strikeforce champion gets full mount against the fence. Shields moves to side mount and attempts a kimura, Henderson defends and Shields moves back to half guard. Shield attempts another kimura but Dan defends again. Jake moves back to full mount and begins to pepper his opponent with punches. Shields unable to do significant damage near the end but dominates the round again.
MMAWeekly scores R4 10-9 for Jake Shields
R5 – Henderson shows some signs of fatigue, begins to throws in desperation. Shields gets another takedown and quickly moves to side control. Jakes moves to full mount with ease and begins to pepper Henderson with shots. Shields transitions to side control for a kimura, doesn’t get it and moves back to full mount again. Henderson has no answer for Shields suffocating Jiu-Jitsu. Shields attempts an armbar and transitions into a kneebar attempt. The fight ends with Henderson attempting to kick his way out of the hold.
MMAWeekly scores R5 10-9 for Jake Shields
Jake Shields def. Dan Henderson by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 48-45)
Shields retains his Strikeforce middleweight title.
SHINYA AOKI VS. GILBERT MELENDEZ
R1 – Aoki is noticeably wearing shorts. Both fighters circling, feeling each other out. Melendez with a lower stance, throwing to the body. Aoki attempts a kick but is blocked. Melendez is trying to cut off the cage, aggressively pawing his left jab. Aoki inadvertently pokes Gilbert in the eye, takes a short break. Aoki pulls guard, Gilbert pushes him against the cage. They break shortly afterwards. Aoki fails to land a single and Gilbert jumps into his guard. Melendez lands a somes shots against the cage and the get back up. Aoki lands a left body kick but didn’t do much damage. Melendez doing better closing the distance and lands a knee.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Gilbert Melendez
R2 – Aoki eats a short right shooting in. Aoki pulls Melendez down with wrist control and eventually pulls guard. Melendez being very cautious, posturing well. They stand. Aoki lands a nice short left. Melendez corners Aoki and throws a flurry. Gilbert lands another right hand against the cage. Aoki patiently circling, waiting for Melendez to make a mistake. Aoki gets in, pulls guard but Melendez is posturing well again. Mario Yamisaki stands them up again. Aoki pulls guard, Melendez very aggressive now, pins Aoki into the cage.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Gilbert Melendez
R3 – Aoki shoots in for a single and pushes Melendez against the fence. Gilbert escapes and Aoki pulls guard against the cage. Yamisaki stands them up again. Aoki shoots in again, pulls guard but Melendez not taking the bait. Fight is stood up again and Aoki draws Gibert into guard again. Aoki attempts the rubber guard but it gets neutralized by the cage. Gilbert landing some shots with Aoki’s head against the fence. The fight is stood up again. Aoki counters with a knee as Melendez comes in but it doesn’t faze him. Round ends with both fighters in the center.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Gilbert Melendez
R4 – Melendez is in control, very comfortable. Aoki shoots in for a double and pulls guard. Gilbert stands back up. Melendez lands a short knee, Aoki seemingly has no answer as the crowd gets restless. Gilbert is now countering failed takedown shots with punches. Aoki with another failed takedown and scoots towards Melendez. Yamisaki calls a breaks but Melendez rocks Aoki during a butt scoot. Gilbert is warned by Yamisaki. Melendez finishes the round strong.
MMAWeekly scores R4 10-9 for Gilbert Melendez
R5 – Aoki using the ring well, gets poked in the eye on a shoot attempt. Short break to recover. Aoki pulls guard, uses the rubber guard but is neutralized against the fence again. Aoki switches to butterfly guard but extends out as Melendez begins his GnP. The two stand up. Aoki pulls guard but Melendez backs out. Gilbert is a bit more animated with 45 seconds left. Melendez is trying his best to finish. The defending Strikeforce champion finishes the fight strong, chasing Aoki down to his back as the round ended.
MMAWeekly scores R5 10-9 for Gilbert Melendez
Gilbert Melendez def. Shinya Aoki by unanimous decision (50-45,50-45, 50-45)
Melendez retains his Strikeforce lightweight title.
GEGARD MOUSASI VS. MUHAMMED “KING MO” LAWAL
R1 – Both fighters staying near the center of the cage. Lawal shoots in for a single and eventually gets Mousasi down. After a failed triangle attempt, Mousasi regains butterfly guard. Lawal looking to punish from Mousasi’s guard but not landing cleanly. The defending champion seems very comfortable from his back. Lawal now more aggressive with his strikes, trying to use the cage to his advantage. Mousasi gets back to his feet with about a minute left. Lawal seems fatigued as Mousasi takes advantage standing. Round ends with a small exchange.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Muhammed Lawal
R2 – Mo shoots in for a double and gets it. Lawal landing a few knees to Mousasi’s side. Mousasi gains a butterfly guard and lands some punches from his back. Mo stands back up for leverage but his GnP seems to be neutralized by Mousasi’s guard. The fighters get back up, Mousasi lands a straight punch but is taken down again. Mousasi busier from his back and eventually gets back up again. Mo gets another takedown, Mousasi attempts a triangle but Lawal escapes. Mousasi scrambles to his feet and takes his back standing. Round ends with Mousasi on Mo’s back.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Gegard Mousasi
R3 – King Mo has swelling around his left eye. Mousasi beginning to use his left jab. Both fighters landing a few shots. King Mo throwing aggressively despite showing signs of fatigue. Mo lands a double and pushes towards the cage. Mo gets side control and begins to land some short rights. Mousasi regains butterfly guard and is being outworked. Mo starting to throw more aggressively as Mousasi defends.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Muhammed Lawal
R4 – Mousasi throws two kicks, starting to establish a little range. Mo responds with hooks. Mo lands a double against the cage. Mousasi lands an up kick but Mo passes to side control. Mousasi lands a big up kick as Mo comes in but Mo gains half guard and continues to be active. Referee John McCarthy stands the fighters back up. Mousasi tries to defend a single but eventually succumbs, Mo gets side control. Mousasi gets half guard but Mo is still in control. Mousasi landing punches from his back and the round ends with Mo standing.
MMAWeekly scores R4 10-9 for Muhammed Lawal
R5 – Mousasi lands a short left as Mo moves in. Mo gets a big double and moves Gegard against the fence. Mo stands back up, looking to pass as Mousasi throws some up kicks. Mousasi attempts to get up but Mo still has control. Mousasi hits Lawal with an illegal up kick and has one point taken away from him. It seems that Mousasi needs to finish in order to win. The fighters are placed back in their previous position. Mousasi lands a series of hammerfists but they seem to have no effect on Mo. Mousasi gets back up but Mo gets his back standing against the fence. They split and Mousasi is swinging aggressively which leads to another Mo double. John McCarthy stands the fight back up with 30 seconds to go. Mousasi stalking and throwing wildly but gets taken down again at the end of the round.
MMAWeekly scores R5 10-8 for Muhammed Lawal
Muhammed Lawal def. Gegard Mousasi by unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-45)
Lawal is the new Strikeforce light heavyweight champion.
OVINCE ST. PREUX VS. CHRIS HAWK
R1 – Hawk jumps for a punch and gets blasted by St. Preux instead. St. Preux gets on top and blasts away punches, grabs Hawk by the throat and just pummels him until John McCarthy stops the fight
Ovince St. Preux def. Chris Hawk by KO at :47 seconds, R1
ANDREW ULRICH VS. DUSTIN WEST
R1 – Ulrich pops West with a good punch early and then gets a nice takedown. Ulrich works and takes West’s back, sinking in a rear naked choke and West taps out.
Andrew Ulrich def. Dustin West by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:36, R1
JASON MILLER VS. TIM STOUT
R1 – Mayhem tags Stout with a good leg kick to open things up. After exchanging a few punches standing, Mayhem shoots in and lands a nice takedown. Mayhem has Stout stacked against the cage throwing down punches, opening up a cut on Stout’s head. Mayhem continues to attack and Stout turtles up with no defense. Mayhem blasts away with a several more strikes to the head, and Mario Yamasaki mercifully stops the fight.
Jason Miller def. Tim Stout by TKO (referee’s stoppage due to strikes) at 3:09, R1
JOSH SHOCKMAN VS. CALE YARBROUGH
R1 – Yarbrough comes out swinging as Shockman tries for a takedown. Yarbrough working some knees from the clinch, Shockman answers back. The fighters separate and Yarbrough lands a huge knee that drops Shockman hard, but he defends well on the ground, and survives for now. Yarbrough moves to the ground and gets the mount. Shockman has a huge cut on his head from the knee, bleeding all over. Yarbrough moves from mount to side control and hits a few short punches, but eventually backs out and lets Shockman up to his feet. The fight is paused to check the cut on Shockman, and they are allowed to continue. Shockman tags Yarbrough with a couple of good kicks, and Yarbrough charges forward and gets him back to the ground and starts to open up again as the round closes.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Cale Yarbrough
R2 – Both fighters charge at each other to open the round, but Yarbrough is again landing the better strikes standing. Shockman eventually drops from the barrage, and Yarbrough follows up with a few more punches before Mario Yamasaki steps in to stop the punishment.
Cale Yarbrough def. Josh Shockman by TKO (strikes) R2
HUNTER WORSHAM VS. ZACH UNDERWOOD
R1 – Underwood comes out swinging big shots, and Worsham scrambles and gets the fight the ground and lands in half guard. Underwood starts to work his way back up, but Worsham is punishing him with knees to the shoulder and body. The fighters separate and it’s back to standing, and Underwood is again throwing big shots, tagging Worsham with one of them. Worsham gets the clinch on Underwood and drags him back to the ground. The fighters work back up again, but Worsham ends up getting another nice takedown.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Hunter Worsham
R2 – Worsham shoots in early for another takedown, but Underwoods sprawls out well to defend it. Underwood starts to throw some good knees to Worsham’s body while he continues to push for a single leg. Back to the feet and Underwood gets the clinch and works Worsham back to the ground and starts to reign down punches. Worsham gets back to his feet, and clinches but Underwood gets the fight back to the ground. Just as it looks like Underwood is taking control, Worsham gets the reverse and lands on top, and then rolls for a choke, but the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Zach Underwood
R3 – Worsham shoots in, but Underwood gets away and works for punches, while Worsham turtles up to get away. Underwood continues to pepper away, and Worsham is able to get up, but Underwood keeps pushing forward. After a moment or two stalling against the cage, John McCarthy steps in and separates the fighters. Worsham tries to shoot in for a takedown but Underwood sprawls and starts to punch down on Worsham as the fight comes to an end.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Zach Underwood
Zach Underwood def. Hunter Worsham by unanimous decision
JUSTIN PENNINGTON VS. DUSTIN ORTIZ
R1 – Both fighters throwing strikes early. Ortiz throws a low kick and tags Pennington in the groin. The fight is paused, but Pennington is okay to continue. Ortiz comes across on the restart and gets a takedown landing in Pennington’s half guard, and then moving to mount. Ortiz grabs a head and arm choke and looks to sink it in, but gives it up and goes back to mount. Pennington tries to roll, and Ortiz takes his back. Ortiz works and eventually sinks in a rear naked choke and Pennington taps out.
Dustin Ortiz def. Justin Pennington by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:27, R1
THOMAS CAMPBELL VS. CODY FLOYD
R1 – Campbell picks Floyd up early, but gives up as Floyd goes for a guillotine. The fighters scramble on against the cage with Floy holding onto Campbell’s back before dragging him to the mat. Campbell is back up quick and the fighters fight for position against the cage. Floyd lands a few nice uppercuts as Campbell continues to push for a takedown. Floyd finally gets away from Campbell’s grip and starts to reign down big shots, and eventually lands in mount. Floyd spins around for a tight armbar, and looks to lock it on, but time runs out in the round.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 for Cody Floyd
R2 – Floyd comes out strong in the 2nd, blasts Campbell early, and goes for a flying knee and just misses. In the scramble, Campbell goes for a takedown and Floyd blocks him, and starts to land shots, but Floyd throws an illegal downward elbow, and the referee steps in to pause the fight. Floyd has a point deducted and Campbell is still down recovering on the mat. The fight re-starts and Floyd once again starts to punish Campbell at every turn. Floyd is absolutely battering Campbell with knees to the body, and punches to the head. The round comes to a close.
MMAWeekly scores R2 9-9 draw due to the point deduction
R3 – Floyd once again comes out strong and just goes after Campbell. After several strikes land, Campbell drops to the mat and the referee steps in to stop the fight.
Cody Floyd def. Thomas Campbell by KO (strikes) R3 (no time given)
STRIKEFORCE NASHVILLE RESULTS:
Main Bouts (On CBS):
-Jake Shields def. Dan Henderson by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 48-45)
-Gilbert Melendez def. Shinya Aoki by unanimous decision (50-45,50-45, 50-45)
-Muhammed Lawal def. Gegard Mousasi by unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-45)
Preliminary Bout (Will air on CBS in some form):
-Jason Miller def. Tim Stout by TKO (referee’s stoppage due to strikes) at 3:09, R1
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Ovince St. Preux def. Chris Hawk by KO at :47 seconds, R1
-Andrew Uhrich def. Dustin West by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:36, R1
-Cale Yarbrough def. Josh Shockman by TKO (strikes) R2
-Zach Underwood def. Hunter Worsham by unanimous decision
-Dustin Ortiz def. Justin Pennington by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:27, R1
-Cody Floyd def. Thomas Campbell by KO, R3