Strikeforce Nashville: Prelim Live Blog

Jesse MotiffSenior Analyst IApril 17, 2010

HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 17:  (L-R)  Strikeforce World Lightweight Champion Gilbert 'El Nino' Melendez, Undefeated Light Heavyweight contender 'King Mo' Lawal, Legendary MMA Superstar, two time Olympic Wrestler Dan Henderson, Strikeforce World Middleweight Champion Jake Shields,  and Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard 'The Dreamcatcher' Mousasi and Dream 155-Pound Champion Shinya 'Tobikan Judan' Aoki  attend the CBS' Strikeforce MMA Fighters Open Media Workout on March 17, 2010 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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We are underway with the preliminary fights in Nashville. The arena is about half full, and the crowd is pumped for a great night of fights.

• The first fight is between Cody Floyd and Thomas Campbell.

The fight made it into the third round but it was pure domination by Floyd for the entire bout. Although he was penalized a point in round two for an illegal elbow, Floyd showed his superiority the entire way.

He finished it early in round three, scoring a knockout over Campbell. The crowd loved the knockout and went crazy over it.


• The fighters for the next fight are in the cage. This bout is a matchup of 125-pound fighters. Justin Pennington takes on Dustin Ortiz.

Ortiz has a nice brillow-top for hair, while is opponent opted for the shave job.

Ortiz caught his opponent with a low blow after very little action prior. After the fight resumed, Ortiz took the fight right to the ground. He quickly mounted Pennington and began to pelter him with fists and elbows.

Pennington gave up his back, which Ortiz was glad to take. He quickly flattened him out and finished the fight at 4:27 of round one with a rear naked choke.


• Referee Big John McCarthy is in the ring waiting for the next two fighters.

The next fight is between Hunter Worsham and Zach Underwood. Worsham is a huge fan favorite in this one, and hopefully he can give them more reason to cheer.

Worsham quickly takes the fight to the ground. He's able to land a bunch of knees, but nothing that does too much damage. Underwood is able to work his way back to his feet and the fighters break.

Worsham used a nice judo throw to again take Underwood to the mat where he rode him out to end the first round.

The local ring announcer is hilarious. He is continually referring to the Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion as "Gerard Mousasi."

Underwood came out much more aggressive in the second round and took Worsham down, however Worsham made it back to his feet fairly quickly, only to be taken down almost immediately.

After taking a lot of punishment, Worsham was able to reverse his position on the ground to end up on top as the round ended. The round should go to Underwood however.

The third round begins with both fighters throwing huge punches, but nothing is landing. Underwood is able to again take Worsham to the mat, but after a minute, the fight returned to the feet.

Worsham shot on Underwood, but it was blocked. Underwood was able to hold Worsham down the rest of the match and should take the decision.

Zach Underwood did indeed win by unanimous decision to the disappointment of the live crowd.

I'm almost positive I'm at a MMA event due to all the Affliction shirts I see, but the large number of cowboy hats make me feel like this might actually be a rodeo.


• The next fight is a light-heavyweight match between Cale Yarbrough and Josh Shockman.

This was a stand-up battle that saw little action until Yarbrough caught Shockman with a huge knee to the head that opened him up. He quickly went in for the kill and was able to mount his hurt opponent.

Eventually Shockman made his way back to his feet, but referee Mario Yamasaki called for a doctor to look at the cut. Nothing to impede his vision, so the fight continued. Yarbrough again opened up with some big fists putting Shockman back to the mat where he stayed until the end of the round.

Yarbrough continued his straight forward tactics in round two, and it wasn't long before Shockman was on his back. This time he was able to finish the fight.

Yarbrough won the fight via TKO in round two at an undisclosed time. The ring crew quickly jumps in the cage to work on all the blood stains before the next fight.


• After a short break, the middleweight fight between Tim Stout and Jason "Mayhem" Miller is going to take place. Miller makes his way out dancing the entire way. He's no John Travolta, that's for sure.

Miller takes the center of the cage and does some nice karate poses to the delight of the crowd.

The fighters trade some punches for a minute before Miller takes Stout to the ground. Miller is relentless with his ground and pound, landing several huge shots. Referee Mario Yamasaki warns Stout several times he'll stop the fight if he doesn't do something.

Stout didn't respond and Yamasaki stopped the fight after Miller landed about 30 straight punches to the head. Miller is your winner at 3:09 of the first round via a TKO thanks to strikes.


• While there is a lull before the next fight between Dustin West and Andy Uhrich, I'm going to hit the press room to get some grub since there was no opportunity to do so before the fights began.

Okay, either I am a really slow eater or the last couple fights were insane.

Ulrich was able to choke out West in 1:36 of the first round, while Ovince Saint Preux knocked out Chris Hawk at :47 of the first round as well. It figures I would go have some burnt, stale food and miss out on the two most exciting undercard fights of the night.

That will take care of the undercard fights for the nights. Be sure to check out Josh Carey's live blog once things get under way on CBS. It should be a stellar night of fights.