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Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains in the (Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains in the days leading up to his title defense against Tatsuya Kawajiri on April 9, 2011.

Strikeforce behind the scenes

You can watch the fights on television or online, but these are the Strikeforce scenes you don't usually see.

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains in the
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Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains in the days leading up to his title defense against Tatsuya Kawajiri on April 9, 2011.

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains in the
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Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains in the days leading up to his title defense against Tatsuya Kawajiri on April 9, 2011.

Paul Daley puts in work training for his
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Paul Daley puts in work training for his Strikeforce welterweight fight against Nick Diaz on April 9, 2011.

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Marloes Coenen begins his walk toward to cage
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Marloes Coenen begins his walk toward to cage to defend her Strikeforce welterweight title against Liz Carmouche. (March 5, 2011)

Marloes Coenen flashes the gold as she prepares
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Marloes Coenen flashes the gold as she prepares to defend her Strikeforce welterweight title against Liz Carmouche on March 5, 2011.

Liz Carmouche begins wrapping her hands for a
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Liz Carmouche begins wrapping her hands for a training session in the days leading up to her Strikeforce title shot against Marloes Coenen on March 5, 2011.

Dan Henderson plays ping pong during a break
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Dan Henderson plays ping pong during a break in training for his Strikeforce light heavyweight title fight against Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante on March 5, 2011.

Dan Henderson in the days leading up to
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Dan Henderson in the days leading up to his Strikeforce light heavyweight title fight against Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante on March 5, 2011. Henderson won by knockout.

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Keith Jardine takes a break from training in
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Keith Jardine takes a break from training in the days leading up to his April 9, 2011 Strikeforce fight against Gegard Mousasi.

Keith Jardine takes a break from training in
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Keith Jardine takes a break from training in the days leading up to his April 9, 2011 Strikeforce fight against Gegard Mousasi.

Gegard Mousasi takes a break from training in
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Gegard Mousasi takes a break from training in the days leading up to his April 9, 2011 Strikeforce fight against Keith Jardine.

Antonio Silva at the Fan Experience event at
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Antonio Silva at the Fan Experience event at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on the eve of his Strikeforce Grand Prix fight against Fedor Emelianenko. (Feb. 11, 2011)

Shinya Aoki warms up backstage before his Strikeforce
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Shinya Aoki warms up backstage before his Strikeforce fight against Lyle Beerbohm. Aoki won by submission. (April 9, 2011.

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UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Strikeforce fighter/Olympic
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UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Strikeforce fighter/Olympic bobsledder/NFL pro-bowler/1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker meet and talk at the Strikeforce Grand Prix in East Rutherford, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Gina Carano makes an appearance at the Strikeforce
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Gina Carano makes an appearance at the Strikeforce Grand Prix in East Rutherford, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Antonio Silva gets his hands wrapped prior to
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Antonio Silva gets his hands wrapped prior to facing Fedor Emelianenko in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko hangs out backstage prior to his
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Fedor Emelianenko hangs out backstage prior to his fight against Antonio Silva in the opening round of the Strikeforce Grand Prix heavyweight tournament in East Rutherford, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Nick Diaz flashes the hands that he would
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Nick Diaz flashes the hands that he would use in the post-fight melee between Jake Shields and Jason "Mayhem" Miller at Strikeforce: Nashville. (April 17, 2010)

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Every king needs his crown, and King Mo
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Every king needs his crown, and King Mo Lawal is no different. Lawal wore this crown to the cage at Strikeforce: Nashville and walked out with Gegard Mousasi's light heavyweight title. (April 17, 2010)

Middleweight champion Jake Shields is all smiles here.
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Middleweight champion Jake Shields is all smiles here. Maybe he knew that he would go on to dominate Dan Henderson at Strikeforce: Nashville. (April 17, 2010)

Fabricio Werdum, left, and Renato
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Fabricio Werdum, left, and Renato "Babalu" Sobral at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery in St. Louis. (May 15, 2010)

Lyle Beerbohm heads out to the cage to
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Lyle Beerbohm heads out to the cage to fight Vitor Ribeiro at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery in St. Louis. (May 15, 2010)

Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem gets his relaxation

Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem gets his relaxation on before his title fight against Brett Rogers at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery in St. Louis. Overeem won by TKO in the first round. (May 15, 2010)

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Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers warms up before his
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Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers warms up before his title shot against Alistair Overeem. Rogers lost by TKO in the first round at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery in St. Louis. (May 15, 2010)

Strikeforce welterweight Tyron Woodley wraps another fighter's hands
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Strikeforce welterweight Tyron Woodley wraps another fighter's hands before Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery in St. Louis. (May 15, 2010)

Joey Villasenor searches for relaxation as he focuses
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Joey Villasenor searches for relaxation as he focuses for his fight against "Jacare" Souza at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery in St. Louis. (May 15, 2010)

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