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Strikeforce Nashville – Henderson vs. Shields
Date: Saturd

ay, April 17, 2010
Venue: The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee
Broadcast: Live on CBS at 9:00 p.m. E.T.

Strikeforce is back and is signing top notch fighters. Not only did it secure a handful of new fighters, most notably Fedor Emelianenko, after Affliction collapsed, and now the UFC notable Dan Henderson.

Also Strikeforce has featured the first major MMA fight card to have an all-female main event, when Superstar Gina Carano faced off with Cyborg Santos for the world championship.

Jake Shields will face Dan Henderson in a fight for the Strikeforce Middleweight belt. Shields is the current Middleweight Champion of Strike force with a record of 24-4-1. Henderson is seasoned from monumental success in Pride, as well as a five-fight career in the UFC, with his overall MMA record being 25-7-0.

Shields, meanwhile, last month topped Jason “Mayhem” Miller for the Strikeforce belt, which was recently vacated by Cung Le. Shields, who owns a 13-fight win streak, is one of the world’s top-ranked 170-pounders, though his two Strikeforce wins came at 182 pounds (submission win over Lawler) and 185 pounds (decision victory over Miller).

The Shields vs. Henderson fight is expected to take place at 185 pounds with Shields, the former EliteXC welterweight champ,

putting his Strikeforce middleweight belt on the line. The fight will be part of Strikeforce’s second show on CBS, which is tentatively scheduled for April, 17 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

In other featured bouts, Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Champion Gegard Mousasi (28-2-1) will defend his crown against undefeated MMA star and two-time NCAA All-American wrestling star “King Mo” (6-0) while Strikeforce World Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (17-2) will put his title on the line against DREAM Champion and top-ranked Japanese superstar Shinya Aoki (23-4).

Strikeforce Main Card:

Jake Shields (24-4-1) vs. Dan Henderson (25-7) (Strikeforce Middleweight Title Fight)

Gegard Mousasi (28-2-1)vs. Muhammed ”King Mo” Lawal (6-0) (Strikeforce LHW Title Fight)

Gilbert Melendez (17-2) vs. Shinya Aoki (23-4-01-) (Strikeforce Lightweight Title Fight)

Preliminary Card:

Justin Pennington vs. Dustin Ortiz

Hunter Worsham vs. Zach Underwood

Strike Force Results

Jake Shields survived an early onslaught from Dan Henderson in the first round, only to go on and dominant the former PRIDE/UFC standout in the next four rounds.

In the first round Henderson was able to land a big right hand that stiffened Shields and appeared to knock him out. Henderson followed him to the ground and landed a lot of punches but Shields was able to survive until the round ended. It appeared clear from the first round that Shields would not be able to get the fight to the ground, nor would he be able to deal with the thunderous right hand of Dan Henderson.

But after the one minute rest period everything changed. Shields was able to get Henderson to the ground at which point he easily passed Henderson’s guard and was able to achieve mount. From there Shields landed many, many punches and dominated the entire round. Rounds 3, 4, and 5 all saw Shields able to get the fight to the ground and achieve mount with relative ease. While it never appeared that Jake was that close to ending the fight, he made a clear statement that despite it being clear that Henderson was brought in to beat him, he was dominating the fight.

In the end the judges scored the fight 49-46, 49-45, 48-45 all for Jake Shields. With the win Shields retains his Strikeforce middleweight championship.

The rest of Strike Force Results

Gilbert Melendez defeats Shinya Aoki by unanimous decision (50-45 x3)

Muhammed Lawal defeats Gegard Mousasi by unanimous decision (49-45 x3)

Prelims:

Jason Miller def. Tim Stout via TKO (strikes) 3:09-R1

Zach Underwood def. Hunter Worsham via unanimous decision

Cale Yarbrough def. Josh Schockman via TKO (strikes) R2

Dustin Ortiz def. Justin Pennington via submission (rear naked choke) R1

Andrew Uhrich def. Dustin West via submission (rear naked choke) R1

Ovince St. Preux def. Chris Hawk via TKO (strikes) R1

Cody Floyd def. Thomas Campbell via TKO (strikes) R3

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