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Tim Kennedy reveals nasty toe injury was to blame for pulling out of earlier bout with Luke Rockhold

Tim Kennedy and Luke Rockhold were expected to meet for the Strikeforce middleweight title earlier this year. However, Kennedy pulled out of the planned encounter and never really said much in regards to why.

Now the world has an answer, though not necessarily a pleasant one, as the two begin the countdown to their meeting on July 14 at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy from Portland’s Rose Garden.

“I was sparring, my left toe slipped, I threw a hard left-hook, the toe stayed, my foot moved, and it pretty much tore my (big) left toe off,” said Kennedy during a recent conference call promoting the event. “I had surgery to get it put back on and now my toe is a good looking toe.”

Kennedy added that he was forced to avoid placing any weight on his foot for three weeks and had to wait a total of six before really getting back into training. He has since reached 100% and is ready to finally meet Rockhold.

“I am super excited to fight, especially for the title,” Kennedy said. “Especially against another very talented athlete.”

Kennedy is 14-3 in his career, including recent victories over Robbie Lawler and Melvin Manhoef. His last loss came in 2010 to former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.


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