Tim Kennedy will still get to fight on the upcoming Strikeforce card in Ohio and will face heavy hitter Melvin Manhoef in a middleweight bout on the card.
MMAWeekly.com previously announced the match-up, and on Thursday Strikeforce made the bout official for the March 5 card taking place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
Manhoef enters the fight on a two bout losing streak and needs to get a win when he faces Kennedy. For such a dangerous fighter, desperation might make him that much more deadly.
“I come to fight and give my very best,’’ Manhoef said about the fight. “I am very, very hungry. I need to win this fight. I am looking forward to fighting Tim Kennedy.’’
Kennedy returns to action for the first time since losing a middleweight title fight against Ronald “Jacare” Souza in 2010. He’s hoping to get back in the title hunt, and the first test is against Manhoef.
The bout between Kennedy and Manhoef will be a featured bout on the Strikeforce card headlined by light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante against Dan Henderson.