Tim Kennedy: “It’s just this painful cycle, and I want fresh blood.”

The classic film Alien came with a tagline stating, “In space, no one can hear you scream.” It turns out the same thing also applies to fighters signed to compete under the Strikeforce banner.

Middleweight Tim Kennedy has been publicly lobbying for action, as well as an increased amount of depth in the division, for more than a year and has yet to see either endeavor bear fruit. In fact, Strikeforce has actually slowed their production schedule down and hasn’t even allowed him to fight some of the competitors already signed to the company’s roster.

Kennedy recently addressed his frustration in an interview with TapouT Radio where remained respectful but was clearly upset with the way things have been, and are still being, handled.

“When you see guys that are vacating other organizations like Hector Lombard, you know, is there an opportunity for him to be brought over to us? Absolutely not. Nobody has even considered it. Of course he’s going to go straight to the UFC, and that leaves us with Jacare, Luke, and myself,” said Kennedy when asked about the possibility of Zuffa bringing over new talent to challenge him and other top middleweights in Strikeforce like Luke Rockhold and Ronaldo Souza. “The three of us, I’m pretty sure, we could fight, on any given night, with any of the Top 10 UFC guys, and it would be a very, very competitive fight.”

“As it stands, it’s the three of us. If I beat Luke, in the summer, and I have the title, what’s left for me? I guess I’ll fight Jacare again. Whether I beat Jacare, or he beats me, then what? They’ll have me fight Luke again,” asked Kennedy rhetorically. “It’s just this painful cycle, and I want fresh blood. I want to fight. I don’t even think they’re better fighters. I just think they’re more well known because they fight for a promotion that wants to push their athletes. Again, I have to wait. I want that title. I’m whatever, 5-1 or 6-1 in Strikeforce, with a close loss for my last title fight. I think I deserve that title, and once I have that title, I really want to push to bring in some fresh fighters for all of us, not just for me.”

With a reduced number of events in 2012 it’s even more important to get into the cage sooner than later, yet a perfectly healthy Kennedy has been forced to wait for Rockhold to return instead of being given an opportunity to earn a paycheck in the interim while the middleweight champion heals up from a broken hand.

“They won’t let me fight anybody else. I said I’d fight anybody, but they’re like, ‘No, you’re going to fight Luke’, which is awesome, and now, I’m just waiting. I’ve been waiting for a while and I’m just going to keep waiting and keep training, as if I have a fight in two months. When they finally say, ‘Here it is’, I’ll be ready to go.”

Still no date has been set for Kennedy’s eventual showdown with Rockhold though rumors have placed it as going down in July. Assuming neither man suffers a setback it will be the 32-year old’s first fight since beating Robbie Lawler in mid-2011.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE

6 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    Why Zuffa signed a new contract with Showtime to keep this org open is beyond me.
    The LW division is SF’s deepest division and I think there are only 4 or 5 guys that make any impact. Their WW division is gone. Their MW division is like Luke said, only 3 guys deep. Their LHW division is only 2 or 3 guys deep and outside of Barnett and Cormier, the HW division has all left for the UFC.
    Zuffa should have folded the entire org into the UFC when the original Showtime contract ran out. The only decent thing coming out of SF these days in WMMA. I’m glad Dana is receptive to it now, but it’s still 2 years away from being seen in the big show. Cut this sinking ship and let the fighters move on.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Tim’s right, SF needs fresh blood. Right now they’re like a dried-out corpse after a vampire orgy.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    and there doesnt seem to be too many fighters willing to sign with them. unless you’ve been recentley cut from the ufc and desperate to get back in (marquadt, daley, jardine), no one is gonna join them

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  • Lord Faust says:

    SF is basically in a catch-22. They need more fighters but no one wants to go there because… they have no fighters.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I was hoping Zuffa would use SF as a kinda minor leagues/training camp area for the UFC, like SF did with their challengers series already.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    my thoughts as well Omega but i guess their just going to wait it out and do the whole WEC thing

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