by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
As Jake Shields gets ready to start his UFC career, Strikeforce will move on and declare a new middleweight champion on August 21. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza will meet Tim Kennedy in a bout that will determine the new 185lb title holder.
The bout was announced by Strikeforce on Friday, with Souza vs. Kennedy filling the co-main event fight for the show set to take place in Houston.
Missing on his chance to win gold in the Dream in 2008, Ronald “Jacare” Souza has been hunting for a title belt ever since. The Brazilian has gone 2-0-1 since losing to Gegard Mousasi during the Dream Grand Prix, and hopes to capitalize on the opportunity headed his way in August.
In his last fight out, Souza pulled off a unanimous decision win over veteran fighter Joey Villasenor in May.
A decorated Army Ranger, Tim Kennedy did pretty well for himself as a self-proclaimed part-time mixed martial artist. While still serving on full active duty for the U.S. Army, Kennedy continued to fight and win some very impressive bouts along the way.
Now putting all his efforts into fighting, Kennedy is a force to be reckoned with even more than before. Winning his last four fights in a row, and stopping his opponents within the distance, Kennedy is a rising star in the middleweight division, and a proven finisher.
Kennedy and Souza will square off in the second title fight of the night, with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal also fighting on the card defending his belt for the first time against top contender Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.