Two weeks from today will mark exactly four months since Tim Kennedy fought Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the Strikeforce middleweight title at the promotion’s show in Houston this past August. Though he ultimately lost a close decision to the Brazilian champion, Kennedy exited the event without serious injury and even expressed the ability to have gone more rounds had it been necessary. However, while Kennedy remained healthy enough to compete since the bout he has yet to return to the ring for reasons he says are not of his own making.
Five Ounces of Pain spoke with the highly-respected competitor about his current status who in turn explained he had a pair of his 185-pound peers turn down bouts against him which would have been scheduled for last weekend’s “Strikeforce – Henderson vs. Babalu II” event.
“I said yes to two different names for the December 4th card but both guys turned down the fight,” Kennedy explained. Though the humble 31-year old did not reveal names, he did explain he’s being proactive about the situation – a quality likely serving him well throughout his decorated military career.
According to Kennedy, he is exploring DREAM as an option where a future fight is concerned. While nothing official is eminent, his interest in mixing it up this month along with the Japanese company’s involvement in the annual “Dynamite!!” show does lend credit to the idea a match-up on New Year’s Eve could be a possibility if things fall into place just right.
Kennedy is 12-3 in his career with wins over Trevor Prangley and Jason “Mayhem” Miller. He has never been finished while taking home eleven of his twelve victories by way of submission/TKO. Also notable, and perhaps a factor in his struggle to find an opponent, is the fact the bulk of his success came while splitting time between MMA and his duties as an active Green Beret Sniper meaning he now has the ability to fully focus on training for the sport.
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