UFC Will Go Head-to-Head with "Strikeforce: Nashville" On Apr. 17

CULVER CITY, CA - DECEMBER 14:  UFC president Dana White speaks onstage at Spike TV's 2008 'Video Game Awards' held at Sony Pictures' Studios on December 14, 2008 in Culver City, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV)
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Tim NgoCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2010

In late-breaking UFC news, Dana White has confirmed the UFC will hold an event on Apr. 17 to go head-to-head against “Strikeforce: Nashville.”

A potential card on the 17th would be one week after “UFC 112 : Invincible,” and would be the seventh Zuffa, LLC. fight card between March-April (five UFC events and two WEC events).

Here’s an excerpt of the Wrestling Observer’s report:

Dana White confirmed today that UFC is running a show on April 17, head-to-head with the announced Strikeforce show on CBS. The event would air most likely on Spike TV. The Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama match is not the main event. The only thing confirmed is they are trying to finalize a Matt Serra vs. Mike Swick semifinal fight today.

With the UFC having their roster back and full strength , it looks like they really want to stick it to Strikeforce and put them in a precarious position.

“Strikeforce: Nashville” is a solid MMA card already and will be featured on CBS, the promotion’s second on the network.

This is how “Strikeforce: Nashville’s” current card looks:

Antwain Britt vs. TBD
Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez ((Strikeforce Lightweight Champion)
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Gegard Mousasi (Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion)
Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields (Strikeforce Middleweight Champion)

The next thought is that Strikeforce could move their CBS card back a week to Apr. 24 but would be going up against a very highly-talked about WEC 48 card, which will be the promotion’s first on Pay-Per-View.

One advantage that Strikeforce would have over any UFC/WEC event would be the fact that their card would be network television, which is something they should take advantage of either way.

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