Given the limited number of options on Strikeforce’s roster it seems middleweights Tim Kennedy and Roger Gracie may be destined to dance inside the organization’s cage at some point in the near future. In fact, Kennedy has even helped the company’s matchmaking team in putting the two together, recently expressing his interest in testing CEO Scott Coker’s assessment of Gracie being Strikeforce’s top technician on the mat.
Gracie has since responded, acknowledging Kennedy as a solid competitor but shrugging off the notion of being out-grappled by him.
“He can say whatever he wants. He can be good on the ground, but technically I’m much better. In a Jiu-Jitsu match, he probably wouldn’t have a chance against me. In a MMA fight, we can’t say,” stated Gracie in an interview with TATAME. “In my last fight, my opponent was far away from being a black belt and I couldn’t submit him.”
The submission specialist also explained he would be interested in facing Kennedy put an end to the debate, though he was equally fine with facing anyone Strikeforce put in front of him as his next opponent.
The 5-1 Gracie is coming off a decision win over Keith Jardine earlier this month. Kennedy competed on the same show, losing on the scorecards to 185-pound champion Luke Rockhold.
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