MMAJunkie reports that a middleweight matchup between one of MMA’s most colorful personalities, Jason “Mayhem” Miller (22-7), and Strikeforce newcomer Tim Stout (9-7) has been tentatively booked for the top slot on the undercard of “Strikeforce: Nashville”. The bout’s official status is pending approval by the Tennessee Athletic Commission.
MMA veteran Miller last appeared in action when he took on Jake Shields for the Strikeforce middleweight championship. Miller lost a lackluster unanimous decision due to Shields’ smothering, if not less than exciting, ground control. With notable wins over Robbie Lawler and Denis Kang dotting his resume, Miller likely still has what it takes to make a run for the title. If he can string together a few wins, “Mayhem” would provide Strikeforce with an easily promotable contender in a very sparse middleweight division. To that end, it’s looking like Stout is being offered to Miller as fodder for such a title run.
Tim Stout will be looking to upset “Mayhem” and act as a bump in the road to his title aspirations. Not much is known about Stout (even finding a widely agreed upon record for the Tennessee native proves difficult) but Sherdog has him winning six of his fights by TKO and two by submission. With an overall record of 8 wins and 7 losses, Stout will most likely have his hands full come April 17th.
Taking Bobby Lashley’s spot on the undercard, the Mayhem-Stout fight joins title fights between Jake Shields and Dan Henderson, Gilbert Melendez and Shinya Aoki and Gegard Mousasi and “King” Mo Lawal on the April 17th, CBS-televised “Strikeforce: Nashville” card. The fight will take place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.