All 20 fighters will participate in the final weigh in tomorrow/Friday, April 16, just one day prior to the CBS AND Strikeforce World Championship Tripleheader that features five fighters ranked among the best in their respective weight classes on Saturday, April 17, live on The CBS Television Network (9 p.m. ET/PT), from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
In the main event, legendary MMA champion and two-time Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson (25-7), of Temecula, Calif., will make his Strikeforce debut when he challenges Jake Shields, the Strikeforce World Middleweight Champion (24-4-1) of San Francisco, who has won 13 in-a-row and is unbeaten since December 2004.
Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (17-2), of San Francisco, by way of Santa Ana, Calif., will risk his Strikeforce World Lightweight belt against DREAM champion and Japanese superstar Shinya Aoki (23-4).
The third world title fight will feature one of the elite mixed martial artists at 205 pounds, Gegard Mousasi (27-2-1), of Armenia, who will put a 15-fight winning streak and his Strikeforce Light Heavyweight crown on the line against one of the fastest-rising and most charismatic fighters in the world, “King Mo” Lawal (6-0), of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Doors at Bridgestone Arena will open at 5 p.m. CT.