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Rumors of a rubber-match between Tim Kennedy and “Mayhem” Miller heat up for March 2011

Word has surfaced indicating Strikeforce middleweights Tim Kennedy and Jason “Mayhem” Miller have verbally agreed to round out their trilogy of fights by facing each other on March 5 in Columbus, Ohio. If the match-up takes place as anticipated it will mark a tie-breaking bout between the two talented 185-pounders, as Kennedy won a unanimous decision over the 24-7 Miller in 2003 with “Mayhem” returning the favor in kind four years later.

News of the pairing first came by way of MMAMania last week with multiple outlets now reporting both camps are on board and awaiting an official green light from Strikeforce.

Five Ounces of Pain spoke to Kennedy who explained nothing was concrete but expressed his excitement at the bout’s possibility and was hopeful it would take place.

Though the men are as different as could be from as personality standpoint they have had a few things in common as of late including an itch to compete and the inability to scratch it for reasons out of their control.

The 12-3 Kennedy was most recently seen in a hard-fought decision loss to promotional title-holder Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at “Strikeforce – Houston” in August. Shortly after the defeat the decorated military veteran began articulating his interest in getting back into the ring again as soon as possible and was even linked to a New Year’s Eve fight in Japan.

Meanwhile, Miller had been lobbying for a catch-weight clash with 170-pound champion Nick Diaz for the better part of 2010 based on their heated rivalry stemming from a multi-man assault the MTV host endured after an event earlier in the year. However, he and Diaz were never able to find a manageable mark they were comfortable agreeing to. His last in-ring appearance involved a first-round submission over Kazushi Sakuraba at DREAM 16 and was his third win in four official results.

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