Strikeforce middleweight Tim Kennedy asked his employers to keep him active after more than a year between his last two fights and it appears they have obliged. According to CEO Scott Coker, Kennedy has been added to the company’s upcoming card in Oklahoma City where he’ll face Trevor Smith.
Though far from a household name, Smith holds an overall record of 10-2 with finishes in all ten of his tilts including nine wins by way of submission. Smith is 2-1 under the Strikeforce banner with success against Keith Berry and T.J. Cook.
The 14-4 Kennedy is a two-time Strikeforce title-contender who came up short in his last attempt at laying claim to the division’s gold. Among the opponents Kennedy has beaten are the likes of Melvin Manhoef, Jason Miller, and Robbie Lawler.
Kennedy-Smith will join other planned bouts on the November 3 lineup including a championship defense from 185-pound king Luke Rockhold against Lorenz Larkin and Daniel Cormier in heavyweight action against a yet-to-be-named opponent.
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