Middleweight champ Jake Shields, lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez, and light heavyweight challenger Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal earned dominant decision victories at Saturday’s CBS-televised “Strikeforce: Nashville” event, but their performances were overshadowed by a post-fight brawl between Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, who was victorious on the “Nashville” prelims.
Making his Strikeforce debut in the “Nashville” headliner, veteran Dan Henderson dropped Shields twice in the opening round of the main event, but was unable to put away the 185-pound title-holder, who not only survived the frame, but quickly turned around the fight.
In the second, Shields scored an early takedown and quickly passed to mount, where he dropped punches for the majority of the round as Henderson was unable to escape. The rest of the rounds delivered more of the same, as Shields managed to get Henderson to the ground, claimed dominant positions, and unleashed ground and pound to earn a unanimous decision with scores of 49-46, 49-45, 48-45.
After the fight, “Mayhem,” who scored a first-round TKO of Tim Stout earlier in the night, made his way into the cage and interrupted Shields’ post-fight interview to ask for a rematch of their November meeting, which Shields won by unanimous decision, but the confrontation quickly devolved into a nationally-televised brawl that could have widespread repercussions for the fighters Strikeforce, and all of mixed martial arts. [Watch video of the post-fight melee]
In other main card action, Melendez largely avoided challenger Shinya Aoki’s attempts to get their fight to the ground, using superior boxing and takedown defense to earn a unanimous decision and retain the 155-pound title, while Lawal used numerous takedowns and ground control to win the welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Gegard Mousasi.
The complete results for “Strikeforce: Nashville” were:
- 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
Pictured: Jake Shields