Tim Kennedy is ready to get back in the cage and fight again, and it appears he will get his wish when Strikeforce comes to Ohio on March 5.
The Texas based fighter broke the news when speaking with MMAWeekly Radio on Thursday night.
“I think the February card is going to be an all heavyweight card, so I’m not a heavyweight, I’ve fought at heavyweight, but that would be a bad idea. I think I’m going to stay down at 185 right now and so that looks like maybe March for me. They hit me up and told me to be ready, so I’m training my butt off,” Kennedy said.
He was rumored to fight on the upcoming Jan. 29 card in San Jose, Calif., and while he admits that Strikeforce did contact him about a possible bout on the card, nothing ever came together.
The last time Kennedy stepped into the Strikeforce cage was in a title fight against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in 2010. He’s been chomping at the bit to get back in there ever since.
While no opponents have been named, Kennedy is up for whatever challenge Strikeforce puts in front of him.
“I want to fight good guys,” said Kennedy. “There’s guys like Robbie Lawler. He’s a guy that’s always been just outside of my radar, but I think that would be a super exciting match-up between us. Benji Radach, he was the champ in the IFL. I was 3-0 in the IFL, undefeated. We always thought we would fight and it never happened so I’m always looking at him. I’m going crazy to get back in the ring with Jacare. I want another five rounds there.”
Jacare and Lawler are scheduled to meet on Jan. 29 with the middleweight title up for grabs, so it’s not likely either of them would be able to fight in March. Kennedy is definitely gearing up for that date, however, and will be heading to New Mexico next week to begin work with Team Greg Jackson.
In a perfect world, Kennedy does have his eye on one fight in particular for the March card. A third fight against Jason “Mayhem” Miller would fit the bill just right, according to him.
“I wouldn’t say no to anybody, but I would definitely say yes with an exclamation mark to that fight,” Kennedy said about a fight against Miller.
Kennedy and Miller have fought twice already with each fighter taking home a win, and a rubber match seems in order at some point, March or otherwise.
For now, Kennedy will head to New Mexico to amp up his training and wait for the call from Strikeforce to tell him who he’ll be facing in Ohio.