The Aftermath – Strikeforce: Nashville

To say that Strikeforce Nashville wasn’t well-liked by the FGB crew would be a severe understatement. Based on the feedback, except for Alan and I, no one enjoyed a thing about it.

Here’s what we had to say about the show:

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Best Fight: N/A
Worst Fight: Every fight

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Strikeforce Nashville Play By Play – Dan Henderson Vs. Jake Shields

The show starts with a long intro from Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranello, and Frank Shamrock, but there’s a bed of annoying music playing underneath. It makes everything they say sound so hokey. The little jingle is going to be in my head all day long.

1. King Mo vs. Gegard Mousasi

Mo’s goal was to get the takedown off the bat and he succeeded, but according to the announcers, Mousasi said he wanted the fight going there so Mo could tire himself out. Mousasi’s corner said that Mo was so tired already that they could see his heart beating outside of his back. Whatever that means. Mo won the round as he got two takedowns, but Mousasi looked very comfortable from his back. Mo was aggressive, but never fell into his guard. He was throwing shots from up top and never really got inside.

The second round was very similar. Mo immediately scored a takedown, but he couldn’t do anything from his top position. Mousasi was tagging him from the bottom. But Mo stayed aggressive even though he was eating punches and upkicks. Mousasi got his back late in the round, but couldn’t finish the choke before the round ended.

They started the round on their feet and both guys were getting shots in, but Mousasi’s looked a little sharper and Mo did look a bit tired. The fight went back to the ground with a leg trip from Mo and he kept on it and actually looked like the less tired fight from the top, which wasn’t the case in the first two rounds. Either Mousasi is playing possum or Mo has tired him out. Mo’s up two rounds to one.

This is a pretty interesting fight because of the styles and experience, but I wonder how the casuals see it. I have a feeling they see this as a boring fight. They both didn’t do much this round. Mo got the takedown and Mousasi worked from his back. Neither really advanced their position and they just seemed tired. I’m not exactly sure what Mousasi is trying to do. He’s letting this fight slip away. The announcers are trying to tell us that Mousasi is doing work from his back, but really, Mo is in the dominant position, pushing the pace, and making this fight go the way he wants it to go.

Mo started the fifth with another takedown. Big John docked Mousasi a point for throwing an upkick while Mo was on his knees. I don’t think he even touched him. Mo’s just using his wrestling skill now to push Mousasi around on his back. Mousasi got back up and Mo put him back down. Mo fought a brilliant fight. And he’s going to win it. This is a much more dominating performance to upset a champion than Frankie Edgar beating BJ, but, they did similar things. They both stayed in their lane, forced the fight to their style, and didn’t allow the champion to get comfortable at all.

Winner: King Mo by unanimous decision

Mo won 49-45 on all three scorecards which is exactly what I had.

2. Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez
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Strikeforce Nashville Preview – Dan Henderson Vs. Jake Shields

You’d think that on a CBS card, Fedor would be in the main event and Dan Henderson would be the co-main eventer. But that is not the case. I’m not sure what the original plans were, but we’ll see what Dan Henderson’s name means 10 months after UFC 100 without the UFC name backing him. He faces Jake Shields for Shields’ title. The ratings are all going to be on this fight as none of the other four fighters are names enough to help the rating.

The FGB crew predict the top three fights. I’ll add Stevie J’s picks at the bottom. He didn’t have the time to go into depth, but did send me who he thinks wins.

Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez

Duan: Aoki by 1st round submission
Alan: Melendez by 2nd round TKO
Cactus Jim: Aoki by 3rd round submission
GG: Melendez by decision

Duan says:

I have said it many times, I believe Aoki is the most innovative and effective submission specialist in all of MMA. What he lacks in physical toughness, he makes up for with sheer natural talent. This guy is an incredible performer. Once he latches on there is no way out. It’s tap or snap for Melendez.

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FGB Radio – UFC 112 Recap And Strikeforce Talk

Big D and I are back for a show that goes just over an hour because Big D had to speak to a lady friend.

We heavily discuss UFC 112, talking about the Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn fight and how you build to a second fight.

We talk about the egg Anderson Silva laid and what you do with him. Is a fight with GSP still something people want to see?

We discuss Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields, Gegard Mousasi and King Mo, and Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez.

Lastly, we talk about the reason why you should watch 24/7 Mayweather/Mosley which you can watch on HBO’s website.

We do all this while I cross my fingers and hope that Big D’s conversation with his new lady friend goes right.

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