by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Strikeforce on Friday announced that it is going back-to-back with Cyborg headlined events. While Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos faces Gina Carano in the main event on Aug. 15, her husband, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, will square off against Tim Kennedy in a Sept. 25 headliner.
Cyborg vs. Kennedy tops the bill when Strikeforce stops at the SpiritBank Event Center in Tulsa, Okla. The event is the next Strikeforce Challengers event. It will air live on Showtime.
“I think we’re both pretty explosive fighters and we both show up to fight. We both like to throw some big bombs so it’s a good matchup,” said the 29-year-old Kennedy, who recently accepted an offer to serve in the Texas National Guard after spending six years in The United States Army, the last three as a sniper in the Seventh Special Forces Group.
In his last start, a June 19 matchup with Nick “The Goat” Thompson at ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., Kennedy turned out a dominant performance, stopping Thompson on the ground with an onslaught of punches in the second round (2:37) of action.
The 31-year-old Cyborg is looking to turn his fortunes around after suffering two straight defeats, the last of which was to Joey Villasenor by way of split decision in the main event of the June 19 STRIKEFORCE Challengers event.
“I was just a little bit out of rhythm and was coming off an injury so my training was not 100 percent,” explained Cyborg of his showing in the fight with Villasenor, which also marked Cyborg’s first start in nearly nine months. “This is not an excuse. It’s just something natural that all athletes go through when they stop fighting for a long period of time.”
“I believe I will be able to do the opposite this time from the Villasenor fight where we stood up and punched each other,” said Cyborg. “I think I will finally be able to show my Jiu-Jitsu game and surprise a lot of people.”