Posted by: Jon Luther on Jan 08, 2011
It was not long ago that we saw Tim Kennedy fighting Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ de Souza for the Strikeforce Middleweight Title. Although the fight was a close one, Kennedy was upset with both the outcome of the fight as well as the nature of the fight:
“My coaches and I sat down to see if there was any way we could have gotten him to fight more. There’s not much we could have done differently; we out-punched, out-kicked, out-kneed him, took him down more. Unless I was Nick or Nate Diaz and taunted him in the ring, and that’s not my style nor would I ever do that, there was no way to get him to actually ‘fight’ me in there.”
In fact, other fighters declining to fight Kennedy has emerged as a theme over the past few months. Kennedy claims he has been turned down numerous times by other fighters in the Strikeforce middleweight fold.
“It’s absolutely atrocious. Strikeforce approached me for the December and January card. I said, ‘definitely, just give me a name and I’ll take the fight.’ Benji Radach was the name, I said yes. Then they tell me he doesn’t want to fight me. Joey Villasenor was another name, but I understand him saying no because we trained at Jackson’s gym together. Matt Lindland was another guy who said no. Robbie Lawler has turned me down three or maybe four times. They asked Melvin Manhoef to fight me and he said ‘[expletive] no.’”
Kennedy, who has taken three to four years off of his active military career in order to pursue a successful career in fighting, is irate with his current predicament.
“I’m super frustrated with it. This is a pugilistic sport, is it not? It is the nature of the sport to fight each other, but nobody wants to fight me. Do I say, ‘Screw it, give me my uniform back, give me my long gun back and I’ll go back on the sniper range’? Or do I keep waiting these guys out until, in a battle of attrition, somebody gives up and says ‘Tim is the only guy who I can fight, so I’ll take that’?”
Yet there appears to be hope in ending Kennedy’s bad luck. Kennedy’s camp has been in talks with Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller’s camp about completing an exciting, competitive trilogy between the two fighters.
“We’ve been talking about it. Jason Miller and I have always known that it will eventually come because it is a quintessential Mixed Martial Arts fight: two guys who are amazing on the ground, who are great wrestlers with good hands who have been in the sport for a long time and are fearless. We go out there to ‘fight,’ not try to counter-punch our way to a five-round decision like Jacare did.”
The bout is not official at this point nor is there an agreement between the fighters, but Kennedy states it is a fight that Strikeforce is aiming to put together for one of the upcoming cards. If -- and when, as Kennedy suggests -- the fight happens, he guarantees it will be an exciting fight for everyone.