The revolving door of opponents for Tim Kennedy has stopped for at least one more day, as the military veteran will now face the heavy handed Melvin Manhoef on March 5 in Columbus, OH.
The bout has finally been confirmed for the promotion’s debut in the Buckeye state, and the middleweights will get a slot on the televised card on Showtime.
Kennedy has bounced opponents a few times for this card. He was originally rumored to meet Jason “Mayhem” Miller, but that fight fell apart and in stepped young gun Luke Rockhold to seize the opportunity.
A knee injury befell Rockhold so in steps Manhoef to the March 5 card.
Manhoef returns to Strikeforce currently riding a two fight losing streak including a knockout loss to Robbie Lawler, and a submission loss to Tatsuya Mizuno in Dream.
Manhoef is known for having lethal knockout power along with a wild and crazy style that makes for a lot of excitement, and sometimes costs him in fights.
Meanwhile, Kennedy is looking to get back in the title hunt after dropping a five round decision to current champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza last year. This will be Kennedy’s first fight since the title fight.