Strikforce Predictions For Today's MMA Bouts on CBS

Today in Nashville, TN CBS will feature an MMA tripleheader with belts on the line.  It will air at 9pm ET/PT.  The line-up will include Dan Henderson verse Jake Shields, Gegard Mousasi vs Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and Gilbert Melendez vs Shinya Aoki.

Dan Henderson (25-7), a 2-time United States Olypmic wrestler who built an amazing fight career during the days of PRIDE should have no problem beating the current Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields (24-4-1).  Shields who posseses a fairly un-evolved MMA stand up game may attempt to takedown Henderson.  I just can not imagine it would be successful.  Shields who is a grappler that has the ability to pull out several cool submissions has to first get through Henderson's front line defense - Olympic level takedown defenses.  Additionally, Henderson is powerful and packs a punches that I do not think Shields can handle.
The Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight Champ, Gegard Mousasi (28-2-1) will offer the ingredients needed to make tonight's fights worth watching . Mousasi is one of the most talented MMA fighters today.  He has an underestimated ground game, but he is dynamic, athletic and surprisingly capable.  The crazy-eyed and attention getting, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal presents a forcefullness that will be Mousasi's biggest challenge of the night.  The wrestler does possess punching power that should be considered highly viable and potent by Mousasi's corner.  Their strategy should include a game plan that keeps him clear of the right hand and ready to stuff any takedowns.  The match-up is a great one- one of the best match ups of the year so far.  I am going to give Mousasi the benefit of the doubt that he has worked on his weaknesses since fighting Thierry Sokoudjou (a much stronger opponent) - Mousasi will win while displaying a cleaner and clearer picture of how MMA should look.
In the third championship bout of the night, Gilbert Melendez (16-2), the recently crowned Lightweight Strikeforce Champion will most likely keep his belt by the end of the night.  Melendez who has earned the Lightweight Championship has an integrated game, but if he thinks he can go submission for submission with Aoki he will end the night by tapping.  Shinya Aoki (23-4) is a weak striker.  However, I would love to see his colorful and unexpected style of fighting prevail this evening. If Melendez listens to his corner throughout the night and remains vertical, playing on his strengths and to Aoki's weakness for the championship bout, then Aoki will lose.

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