Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold has been looking forward to defending his title against Tim Kennedy since winning the belt. Rockhold claimed the title with a decision victory over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza last year and was poised to face the polished Texan next before an injury to Kennedy forced a defense against Keith Jardine this past January, a bout Rockhold won via TKO.
Fortunately for the 27-year old, if all goes as planned, the two will finally square off later this year.
“I’m excited about the fight with Kennedy,” said Rockhold, in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “I think he’s highly underrated, very tough dude, he poses a lot of challenges. I’ll be ready.”
“It looks like it’s finally going to happen,” the 9-1 Rockhold continued. “I’ve been waiting for that one for a long time, and I’m excited. I’m getting on my wrestling. Wrestling’s a key for this fight, I gotta control the wrestling.”
Kennedy has not fought since July of last year when he defeated Robbie Lawler. Injuries have kept the Green Beret sniper on the sidelines for several months, though he’s recently spoken publicly about his desire to fight and even offered to fill in on short notice against Souza earlier this month when the Brazilian found himself without an opponent for a Strikeforce event in Columbus.
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE