- Saturday 04.17.2010
- U.S. Broadcast: CBS
- Name: Strikeforce: Nashville
- Also Known As: Strikeforce: Shields vs. Henderson
- Promotion: Strikeforce
- Ownership: Explosion Entertainment, LLC
- Venue: Bridgestone Arena
- Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
- Enclosure: Cage
- TV Announcers: Mauro Ranallo, Gus Johnson, Frank Shamrock
- Ring Announcer: Jimmy Lennon, Jr.
- Post-Fight Interviews: Gus Johnson
- Attendance: 8,196
- TV Ratings: 2,900,000 viewers
- Number of MMA Bouts: 10
Henderson vs. Shields (10), Mousasi vs. Lawal (8), Underwood vs. Worsham (3)
Melendez vs. Aoki (9), Miller vs. Stout (5), Schockman vs. Yarbrough (4)
Uhrich vs. West (6)
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In the second Strikeforce event to be aired on CBS, the promotion put on one of the most dubiously planned fight cards in MMA history, scheduling three title fights of five rounds apiece for a two-hour block. All three went the distance. Muhammed Lawal took the Light Heavyweight Championship from Gegard Mousasi, Gilbert Melendez defended his Lightweight Championship against Shinya Aoki, and Jake Shields defended his Middleweight Championship against former Pride Champion Dan Henderson. None of the contests was overly exciting, with the Heavyweight and Middleweight bouts turning into wars of attrition on the ground. On that basis alone the event was a disappointment for the Strikeforce and CBS brass.
Following the main event between Shields and Henderson, matters only grew worse. One of Shields’s past opponents, Jason Miller, entered the cage to challenge the new champion, resulting in a brawl between Miller, Shields, and various members of Shields’s camp (including, not surprisingly, the Diaz brothers). The brawl aired on national television. It was an ignominious end to an ignominious night of fights.
Following the win over Henderson, Shields opted not to re-sign with the promotion, signing instead with the UFC and vacating his Strikeforce Middleweight belt.
Videos & Highlights
Highlight | ESPN MMA Live Strikeforce: Nashville Recap Video report dead link
ESPN's MMA Live show recaps Strikeforce: Nashville in this highlight and news video.
Highlight | Strikeforce: Nashville weigh-in video report dead link
Watch this video HL from the Strikeforce: Nashville weigh-ins featuring Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki.
Interview | Scott Coker Strikeforce: Nashville interview report dead link
Scott Coke calls the Strikeforce: Nashville post-fight brawl so unncessary.
Interview | Nick Diaz Strikeforce: Nashville post-fight interview report dead link
Nick Diaz apologizes for his part in the post-fight brawl at Strikeforce: Nashville.