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HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi To Defend His StrikeForce Light Heavyweight Title Against Muhammed “Mo” Lawal

It’s official: Strikeforce will make its return to CBS on April 17 with three title fights, but no Fedor Emelianenko.

Strikeforce and CBS today confirmed earlier reports of a Nashville card with Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields as the main event, preceded by HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi and reigning LHW Champion vs. Muhammed Lawal and Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez. Shields, Mousasi and Melendez hold Strikeforce’s title belts for the middleweight, light heavyweight and lightweight divisions.

Except for Lawal, all the fighters in those championship bouts are in the top 10 for their weight classes in the USA TODAY/SB Nation consensus rankings. Henderson and Aoki occupy the No. 2 slots for middleweights and lightweights. Lawal is No. 21 among light heavyweights.

The card, scheduled to air live on CBS, will not feature top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, whose management has said he will not be fighting until May, despite Strikeforce’s wish to have him on the broadcast. Sherdog.com previously reported that Emelianenko’s main promoter, M-1 Global, wants to renegotiate its contract with Strikeforce.

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