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Tim Kennedy can’t get a fight

This is a tale as old as the Strikeforce / Showtime team-up: the fighter who can’t get a fight to save his life. I’ve lost count of the guys who have bitched about lengthy layoffs and an inability to find an opponent. If you’ve got a list, you can add Tim Kennedy to it:

“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.’”

“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’?”

I have my doubts that it’s fighters turning down Tim Kennedy and not Showtime executives. Why would Benji Radach turn down Tim Kennedy when he was willing to fight relative unknown Ovince St. Preux one weight class up?

We know Scott Coker is all about solid fights that no one cares about – hell, he’s talking about Gilbert Melendez versus Tatsuya Kawajiri. Let me tell you right now that everyone interested in that fight wears glasses and got stuffed into lockers all through highschool. There’s a big difference between fights that Scott wants to do and the fights that Showtime is interested in featuring on their shows.

If someone gave enough of a shit about Kennedy to push through a fight, it’d be pushed through. As it stands, he’s just another guy cooling his jets on the sidelines because his organization still has some serious matchmaking issues they need to sort out.

  • Reverend Clint

    the strikeforce crew is run by people who wear helmets indoors and pet kitties too rough. Melvin probably knows Tim has at least a white belt in BJJ and doesnt want any of that shit. Lindland is practically a ready to use stunt double for the Walking Dead. Radach probably wants a can and Joey just got fired.

    Tim really needs to jump ship and come over to the UFC. Everybody know Dana has a boner for military types and tim would be a welcome addition to the fairly meager middle weight division.

  • glassjawsh

    “Gilbert Melendez versus Tatsuya Kawajiri. Let me tell you right now that everyone interested in that fight wears glasses and got stuffed into lockers all through highschool. ”

    funny but inaccurate

    i’m stoked for that fight, have decent vision, and i got pussy in high school

    but maybe im the exception that proves the rule

  • Reverend Clint

    i have little to no interest in gilbert… dont know why since some of his fights are good.

  • agentsmith

    “…run by people who wear helmets indoors and pet kitties too rough.”

    Consider this line stolen like a Honda Civic left with the keys in the ignition in front of a noodle shop.

  • Reverend Clint

    or an unconscious boy in front of a Ash Wednesday mass?

  • agentsmith

    CagePotato noticed someone missing from Kennedy’s list: Mayhem Miller. You’d think that one would be a no-brainer at this point, since the Diaz fight just ain’t happening any time soon.

  • frickshun

    ^^They already fought. Pretty decent fight too.

  • Rad_Brad

    Who the hell does Tim Kennedy think he is? No one wants to fight him ‘cuz he’s still a nobody and no one wants to take a chance on fighting a nobody – especially someone with a name, ya know, like all the people he named. I’m not sayin’ Tim sucks, but he seems to think he has name recognition in this sport and he doesn’t. Simple as that.

  • Reverend Clint

    frick they have fought twice already and are 1-1

  • subo

    brad – Huh? He was essentially the #2 guy in the division going into the Jacare fight (maybe Mayhem). He should be seen as a gateway to fight Souza, and that should be his role. How can he fight his way back to a rematch if everyone ducks him?

    As far as the UFC’s MW division, i think him v Stann would be super fun.

  • agentsmith

    Subo beat me to it. Kennedy’s last fight was for the vacant belt, so it’s not like he’s a nobody on Strikefarce’s roster.

  • frickshun

    Gotcha Clint–>just saying I saw the “last” fight.

  • glassjawsh

    @ subes – for once i agree with your matchmaking soldier v soldier would be tits (plus they are both actually fun to watch) loser gets his supposedly lifeless body discarded on the waste disposal planet Arcadia 324 and upon reviving must make friends with the locals in order to stop their impending slaughter at the hands of the evil colonel markem. there could be a sweet fight scene where the original loser digs deep and finds the inner strength to defeat the original winner after initially getting his ass beat. I guess there could be a nuclear explosion at the end too.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    I can’t imagine Melvin Manheoff being scared of Tim Kennedy, or anyone for that matter

  • agentsmith

    ^ He’s scared of being subbed by Kennedy, but not KO’d. Manhoef is allergic to grappling.