Elite Army special forces member Tim Kennedy could be on the verge of resuming his fighting career with the Strikeforce promotion, FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned.
Five Ounces of Pain learned of the news from sources within the industry late last week. The news has yet to be confirmed by officials with Strikeforce or representatives of Kennedy. His debut could take place during a Strikeforce Challengers event on Friday, June 19.
If a deal can be finalized, Strikeforce will have landed a coveted free agent that several other major promotions, including the UFC, have been pursuing.
Kennedy, 9-2, has not competed since a first round knockout of Elias Rivera during the now-defunct IFL’s World Grand Prix finals on Dec. 29, 2007. The two-plus year hiatus was due to the fact that Kennedy has remained an active member of the United States Army while pursuing his fighting career. He was deployed overseas early last year and did not return until this past December.
During an exclusive interview with FiveOuncesOfPain.com this past January, Kennedy revealed that he had been injured in an IED (improvised explosive device) attack prior to finishing his deployment.
“I got a little bit of shrapnel wounds; some to my face and some to my arm,” Kennedy said. “And then when I was trying to pick a guy up who was a part of the explosion, I didn’t permanently injure anything in my biceps but my adrenaline was going and his body was kind of heavy. As far as recovery, I am 100 percent.”
Since returning to the States, Kennedy has intensified his training in preparation for his return to MMA.
Limited to being a part-time fighter for the majority of his eight-year pro MMA career, it is expected that Kennedy will now be allowed to fight full-time while still remaining an active member of the United States Armed Forces.
With notable wins in his career over Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Dante Rivera, Hector Urbina, and Ryan McGivern, Kennedy would be an integral part of a Strikeforce middleweight division that includes champion Cung Le, former champion Frank Shamrock, Scott Smith, Robbie Lawler, and Benji Radach.