by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Strikeforce returns to CBS on Saturday night with its latest offering live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Strikeforce Nashville features three title fights, including Jake Shields defending against Dan Henderson in the middleweight division, light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi facing Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, and Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez taking on the challenge of Dream champion Shinya Aoki.
Much of the attention surrounding Strikeforce Nashville, however, has been Shields’ contract situation. While much of the promotion for Saturday’s event has centered on recent signee Dan Henderson, Shields has made public that he is on the last fight of his contract and ready to test the free agent waters. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker contends that the promotion has an option left on Shields.
The contractual issues will be resolved later, but the conflict between Shields on Henderson will be settled Saturday night as both were on target at Friday’s weigh-ins at the venue in Nashville.
Melendez and Aoki both made weight at 154.5 pounds, possibly kicking off a three-fight series, depending on the outcome of Saturday’s bout.
There’s been a lot of smack talk between Mousasi and King Mo, but now it all comes down to the fight. Both men made weight for Mousasi’s defense of the Strikeforce light heavyweight belt. Mousasi weighed 204.5, King Mo 204.25.
Main Bouts (On CBS):
-Jake Shields (184.75) vs. Dan Henderson (185)
-Shinya Aoki (154.5) vs. Gilbert Melendez (154.5)
-Gegard Mousasi (204.5) vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (204.25)
Preliminary Bout (Will air on CBS in some form):
-Jason Miller (185) vs. Tim Stout (186)
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Ovince St. Preux (205.5) vs. Chris Hawk (205.75)
-Andrew Uhrich (171.5) vs. Dustin West (169.5)**
-Josh Schockman (205.25) vs. Cale Yarbrough (203.75)
-Hunter Worsham (180.5) vs. Zach Underwood (179.5)
-Justin Pennington (124.25) vs. Dustin Ortiz (125)
-Thomas Campbell (145) vs. Cody Floyd (145.25)
*All weights in pounds.
**Uhrich given two hours to cut 0.5 pounds.
(UPDATED – 4:00 p.m. PT, April 16 – Uhrich was the fighter that was 0.5 pounds over, not West.)