Veteran Dan Henderson makes his Strikeforce debut against middleweight champ Jake Shields in tonight’s headliner, while light heavyweight title-holder Gegard Mousasi vs. undefeated challenger Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez vs. DREAM title-holder Shinya Aoki are also featured on the main card.
Stay tuned to MMAFrenzy.com beginning at 8pm ET for live results from a preliminary bout between Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Tim Stout, followed by live main card results and play-by-play starting at 9pm ET.
Stop back to MMAFrenzy.com after “Strikeforce: Nashville” concludes for complete post-fight coverage.
STRIKEFORCE: NASHVILLE LIVE RESULTS
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- Jake Shields (c) def. Dan Henderson via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 48-45)
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
- Gilbert Melendez (c) def. Shinya Aoki via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
- Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Gegard Mousasi (c) via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-45)
Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship
- Jason “Mayhem” Miller def. Tim Stout via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:09
- Ovince St. Preux def. Chris Hawk via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:47
- Andy Uhrich def. Dustin West via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 1:36
- Cale Yarbrough def. Josh Schockman via TKO (strikes) – Round 2
- Zach Underwood def. Hunter Worsham via unanimous decision
- Dustin Ortiz def. Justin Pennington via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 4:27
- Cody Floyd def. Thomas Campbell via KO (strikes) – Round 3
STRIKEFORCE: NASHVILLE PLAY-BY-PLAY
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GEGARD MOUSASI (c) vs. MUHAMMED “KING MO” LAWAL
Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship
Round 1 – Lawal connects with the first punches of the fight before grabbing a leg and dragging Mousasi to the canvas, though Gegard connects with some short punches on the way down. Mousasi active from the bottom with upkicks, but Lawal controls him against the fence before passing to side control. Lawal stands and Mousasi keeps him away with upkicks, but eventually goes back to rubber guard, where he drops more punches. The pattern continues, as Mousasi looks to get distance with his feet and Lawal lands some ground and pound. Mousasi works back to his feet then stuffs a takedown, connecting with punches before partially connecting with a head kick and knee. Another takedown for Lawal but Mousasi quickly stands before the bell. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Lawal 10-9.
Round 2 – Lawal appears tired, but gets another takedown to start the second. Mousasi continues to pressure from the bottom with upkicks and punches. Lawal is unable to pass Mousasi’s guard and allows him to stand. Lawal quickly lands another takedown, but Mousasi lands more punches from the bottom before they stand again. A single-leg for Lawal, but Mousasi keeps the pressure on with punches from the bottom then an armbar attempt. Mousasi takes Lawal’s back late, but runs out of time. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Mousasi 10-9, evening the fight at 19-19.
Round 3 – Lawal carrying his hands low, but connects with punches early. Mousasi hurts Lawal with a right, then connects in the clinch, but Lawal fires back with punches of his own before getting another takedown. Lawal presses Mousasi against the fence and throws some punches, but there’s little power behind them. Mousasi does little off his back, and Mousasi connects with more powerful punches to close out the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Lawal 10-9, putting him up 29-28.
Round 4 – Lawal connects with punches on the feet to start the fourth before getting another takedown. Some ground and pound by Lawal before Mousasi unsuccessfully tries to work back to his feet. Lawal connects with more punches from the top before they stall and referee “Big” John McCarthy stand them up. Lawal works for a single leg, but Mousasi sprawls and connects with some short punches before falling to his back. Lawal goes back to work from Mousasi’s guard and lands with some punches, while Mousasi punches from the bottom. Lawal stands and the bell sounds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Lawal 10-9 and he’s now up 39-37.
Round 5 – After exchanging some punches, Lawal scores a powerful takedown to start the final frame. Mousasi keeps Lawal in his guard, but “King Mo” still connect with some punches. Mousasi tries to stand but Lawal keeps him pressed against the fense. Mousasi kicks Lawal in the head while he’s on the ground, and Lawal, whose left eye is almost completely swollen, says he’s alright, but Mousasi is still deducted a point. Lawal re-starts in Mousasi’s guard, but Mousasi stops his offense while connecting with some punches from the bottom. They stand up and trade punches as we approach the final minute, before Lawal gets another takedown. Mousasi connects with big punches late, but Lawal gets another takedown just before the final bell. The fifth goes to Lawal 10-8 after the point deduction, and “King Mo” earns the decision on our scorecard 49-45.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Gegard Mousasi (c) via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-45)
GILBERT MELENDEZ (c) vs. SHINYA AOKI
Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
Round 1 – Melendez and Aoki touch gloves, then circle as they feel each other out. Aoki falls to the canvas after a kick is caught, but quickly returns to his feet. Aoki catches Melendez in the eye with a punch, and after a minute recovery, the fight resumes. Aoki shoots for a takedown and Melendez sprawls, but Aoki hangs onto an arm and tries to lock on a triangle, but Melendez escapes and they stand. Aoki tries for a takedown, then falls to his back and tries to get Melendez to follow, but Melendez stays out of his guard and connects with some punches before they stand back up. Melendez stalks Aoki, connecting with some punches then a knee in the clinch before the end of the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the first for Melendez 10-9.
Round 2 – Aoki begins the second looking for a takedown, but Melendez defends well early before Aoki grabs an arm and drags him down. Melendez lands some punches from guard that bloodies Aoki’s nose before they return to their feet. Melendez connects with punches from the outside and has Aoki backpedaling. Aoki stays back before shooting for a takedown and pulling guard. Melendez backs away and they’re stood up, but Aoki pulls guard again before the round ends. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Melendez 10-9, putting him up 20-18.
Round 3 – Aoki looks to get the fight down again to start the third, but Melendez sprawls and they clinch. After separating, Melendez follows Aoki to the ground and he gets him in full guard, but Melendez backs out and they’re stood up. Aoki tries for another takedown, but can’t keep Melendez on the ground. After another restart, Aoki repeats and Melendez connects with a big right from Aoki’s guard. Aoki controls Melendez’s wrists to limit the damage, then goes high guard to set up a submission, but Melendez breaks free and connects with strong rights. They stall and are stood up, before Melendez connects with more punches on the restart before the round ends. Melendez goes up 30-27 after earning the third 10-9.
Round 4 – Melendez connects with more punches to start the fourth, and Aoki shoots for a takedown, but Melendez just connects with some punches on the ground before standing back up. Melendez changing levels with his punches, then blasts Aoki to the body with a knee as he shot for a takedown. Combination for Melendez against the cage, then Aoki unsuccessfully shoots for another takedown. Aoki shoots for another takedown, then falls to his back and scoots towards Melendez, who connects with some solid punches but is warned as referee Mario Yamasaki, who was trying to stand Aoki up. Aoki looks to bait Melendez to the ground, but the frame ends. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Melendez 10-9, putting him up 40-36.
Round 5 – Melendez and Aoki stay standing early. Aoki gets Melendez into guard and looks to setup a triangle, but Melendez defends well and after stalling they’re stood up. Aoki circles away from Melendez’s punches, and looks to pull guard but Melendez just remains on his feet and Aoki is stood up. Aoki shoots again, then pulls guard, but he’s unable to keep Melendez on the ground and is forced to stand up. Melendez picks up the pace in the final minute and works for a finish, but runs out of time after knocking Aoki down in the final seconds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the fifth for Melendez 10-9, earning him the shutout on our card 50-45.
Gilbert Melendez (c) def. Shinya Aoki via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
JAKE SHIELDS (c) vs. DAN HENDERSON
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
Round 1 – Henderson downs Shields with a big right seconds in, but Shields recovers quickly and grabs Henderson’s leg for a submission, but he escapes and they return to their feet. Another right connects for Henderson. Henderson starts a combo with another right, and drops Shields with an uppercut. He follows up with punches on the ground, but Shields survives and they get back to their feet. Shields and Henderson clinch against the cage, but stall and are restarted. Henderson loading up his hands with power, but can’t connect before Shields get a takedown. Henderson pops back to his feet and lands knees to the body in the clinch. Knees and punches to the body by both fighters finish the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Henderson 10-9.
Round 2 – Shields works for a takedown early and Henderson stuffs it, but Shields continues and earns a single leg. Henderson nearly takes the back of Shields, but Shields escapes into Henderson’s guard. Shields passes to mount, but Henderson stops him from posturing up. Shields finally sits up and starts dropping punches. Henderson looks to escape, but Shields keeps mount and looks for openings to drop punches. Henderson rolls, but Shields remains in mount and drops punches, while Henderson fires back from the bottom. Shields tees off on Henderson with punches against the fence. Shields connects with more ground and pound, then Henderson finally gets back to guard just before the round ends. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Shields 10-8, putting him up 19-18.
Round 3 – Henderson looking for powerful punches to start the third, but doesn’t find an opening before Shields shoots for a takedown, but Henderson defends and they get back to their feet. Shields works for a single leg and eventually gets into Henderson’s guard, before passing to side control. Shields looks to mount, but Henderson eventually forces him back to half guard. Some ground and pound for Shields before he secures a takedown. Henderson escapes, but Shields goes to work from mount, connecting with some punches before finishing the round with an armbar attempt. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round for Shields 10-9, and he’s now up 29-27.
Round 4 – Shields tries for another takedown early in the fourth, but Henderson gets back to his feet after a scamble. Shields looks for another takedown, but Henderson locks him up in a scramble. Shields finally breaks free and completes a takedown into side control. Henderson gets back into half guard against the fence, but Shields briefly passes to mount again before working punches to the body from side control. Shields is back into half guard but continues to throw punches, then passes to mount where the ground and pound continues. Shields finishes the round with more punches from mount. MMAFrenzy.com scores the fourth for Shields 10-9, moving him to 39-36.
Round 5 – Shields with a double leg early in the final round, then passes to side control before again claiming mount. More ground and pound by Shields from the top before Henderson works back to side control only to have Shields quickly mount again. After some more punches, Shields works a side choke but Henderson escapes. Shields tries to take Henderson’s back, but he’s unsuccessful and instead continues to punch Henderson from mount before trying a last-minute kneebar that comes up short before the bell sounds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the fifth for Shields 10-9, and awards him the fight 49-45.
Jake Shields (c) def. Dan Henderson via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 48-45)
Jason “Mayhem” Miller entered the cage after Shields’ victory was announced and asked for a rematch, and a fight broke out between Miller and Shields’ entourage, including both Nick and Nate Diaz.
Pictured: Jake Shields and Dan Henderson