After dominating the MMA landscape over the last few days with news of their struggles with Fedor Emelianenko (31-1) and a signing spree of major international stars, Strikeforce today has officially announced the date and location of their next card, which is set to be their second appearance on CBS. The now-official Strikeforce: Nashville will take place on Saturday, April 17th-- here is the reaction form CBS Senior Executive VP Kelly Kahl:
"When you have one event with three championship fights and this many top-ranked athletes, it's more than just a great card; it's a big night for MMA...Audiences are going to see a great range of mixed-martial-arts skills, styles and talent on one broadcast."
The three title fights mentioned above are:
Gegard Mousasi (28-2-1) vs. Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (6-0) for Light Heavyweight Championship[205lbs.]
Dan Henderson (25-7) vs. Jake Shields (24-4-1) for Middleweight Championship [185lbs.]
Gilbert Melendez (17-2) vs. Shinya Aoki (23-4) for Lightweight Championship [155lbs.]
There is also some talk that former NFL superstar Herschel Walker (1-0) will return for a sophomore effort with Strikeforce on the April 17th card, possibly against former MLB player and walking-contraversy Jose Cansenco (0-1), which could be a hit with casual fans, but would surely be widely panned by hardcore MMA fans.
Dan Henderson shares his thoughts on the main event match: