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Strikeforce returns to CBS for 'Saturday Night Fights' on April 17 in Nashville

Strikeforce has finally locked in a date for their next CBS "Saturday Night Fights" event as Scott Coker and Co. travel to Nashville, Tennessee for a televised brouhaha from the Sommet Center on April 17.

Just don't plan on seeing Fedor Emelianenko strutting his stuff on free TV.

"The Last Emperor" is currently negotiating for a spot on the next Showtime offering when Strikeforce pits him against jiu-jitsu wizard Fabricio Werdum at some point in May. The good news is there's still the Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields middleweight title fight to fall back on.

Also expected for the promotion's first-ever trip to "Music City" is a light heavyweight grudge match between breakout stars Gegard "The Dreamcatcher" Mousasi and Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.

Strikeforce is expected to release the official CBS fight card on Monday, March 1.

While nothing is official at this time, reports that Herschel Walker is penciled in to make his sophomore appearance inside the cage against an opponent to be named.

That's called the ratings game.

"Saturday Night Fights" did reasonably well when it debuted with "Fedor vs. Rogers" last November, averaging 4.04m viewers and winning its time period among adults 18-34 and men 18-34. The main event saw a peak of 5.46 million viewers, placing it in the top ten of most watched live fights in U.S. history.

Stay tuned to in the coming days for further developments surrounding the Strikeforce/CBS trip to Nashville.

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