Strikeforce: Nashville – Hunter Worsham vs. Zach Underwood on prelims

Strikeforce officials today announced that the son of early UFC fighter Cal Worsham, Hunter Worsham (5-1 MMA, 0-0 SF), will meet fellow middleweight Zach Underwood (4-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) on the preliminary card of the April 17 “Strikeforce: Nashville” card.

Worsham turned pro in April 2007 and fought four times that year. Worsham won his second MMA belt in his last fight, capturing the Gladiator Challenge light heavyweight title on March 6th with a first-round submission over Phillip Brown and captured the Gladiator Challenge welterweight title with a five-round unanimous decision over Niko Medina on August 13th, 2008.

Underwood, who turned pro in early 2009, is 4-0 with three decision wins.

“It is an honor to be fighting on this show. The fact that Dan Henderson is headlining (against STRIKEFORCE middleweight champion Jake Shields) is an honor in itself,” said Worsham. “But I believe this is the level I should be at. STRIKEFORCE is where I want to be. They’re right in my backyard.”

“I wrestled throughout high school, but I’d been into cage fighting since I was 13,” said Worsham, who’s father fought in some of the earliest UFC events in the mid-1990’s and owned a gym with MMA legend Don Frye. Hunter started doing MMA when he was 17 years old and, before the elder Worsham retired, father and son fought on the same card, each winning by knockout on Aug. 4, 2007.

“This fight isn’t a one-time thing. It’s a way of life for me (outside of the Army). In school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but fighting came naturally. I wasn’t in a lot of street fights but, with red hair and glasses, I got picked on a lot.”

“When I told my Dad, he said to ‘never let another kid touch me again.’ That’s when I started to really train hard. Besides, I’d figured why fight in school or on the streets when I could just go do it and look good in front of a crowd, while making some money and being honest about it.

“I wouldn’t be the fighter I am today without my Dad, who won five of seven title fights and fought a lot of the better guys that others wouldn’t. However good I am in this sport is because of him.”

“It has all worked out for the best,” he said. “Everything I do, serving in the Army, fighting in MMA, is for my wife and our 16-month-old. It is definitely tough leaving them behind, but the upside, fighting on this STRIKEFORCE card, or any other, is all for them.”

10 bouts are slated for STRIKEFORCE Nashville: Henderson vs. Shields. Tickets are on sale at Bridgestone Arena ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) and STRIKEFORCE’S official website (www.strikeforce.com).

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