With only 12 days left until gametime, Strikeforce has officially announced all six preliminary bouts that will compliment the trio of championship fights on their “Strikeforce: Nashville” event.
The April 17th fight card will be jumping off inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The highly anticipated show marks the organization’s second CBS primetime broadcast.
For the first time, an American-based mixed martial arts promotion will host three major titles fights in one evening of action.
Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez puts his belt on the line against Japanese import Shinya Aoki to kick off the festivities, which will be followed by light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi defending his strap against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the night’s co-main event.
Newly-signed Dan Henderson challenges middleweight title holder Jake Shields for his crown in the evening’s featured contest.
Although today’s announcement rounds out Strikeforce’s card nicely, the San Jose, California-based promotion did not confirm if this is the finalized roster for their CBS event.
It was believed they were trying to squeeze TNA wrestler Bobby Lashley into the televised portion of the primetime broadcast, however given the time constraints it appears Lashley may be destined for “Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery” on May 15th.
“Strikeforce: Nashville” kicks off at 9PM ET/PT on CBS. Unfortunately, only those with access to an east coast feed will be able to watch the event live.
Here is the revamped lineup for Strikeforce’s debut in Tennessee:
Justin Pennington vs. Dustin Ortiz
Hunter Worsham vs. Zach Underwood
Thomas Campbell vs. Cody Floyd
Andy Uhrich vs. Dustin West
Josh Shockman vs. Cale Yarbrough
Chris Hawk vs. Ovince St. Preux
Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez (Strikeforce Lightweight Champion)
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Gegard Mousasi (Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion)
Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields (Strikeforce Middleweight Champion)