Date, but not opponent, set for Tim Kennedy’s next Strikeforce fight

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Army Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy is ready to step back into the MMA ring.
Kennedy confirmed to Army Times today that he’s been asked to fight in the March 5 Strikeforce event in Ohio.

What’s anyone’s guess, though, is who he’ll fight.

When asked who he’d like to fight, Kennedy was quick to name names -– Melvin Manhoef, Jason Miller, Matt Lindland, Robbie Lawler, Ronaldo Souza.

“Pretty much anybody at 185,” Kennedy said, adding that a rubber match with Miller would guarantee a good fight.

“I think that’s a fight a lot of people would want to see,” he said.

Kennedy’s last Strikeforce fight was in August, when he and Souza went five rounds for the middleweight championship. Souza won by unanimous decision.

Looking ahead to March, Kennedy is in full training mode and he’s preparing to travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to train with renowned MMA trainer Greg Jackson and his team. Jackson’s is also where former Marine Brian Stann, who stunned Chris Leben at UFC 125 on Jan. 1, trains.

“I’m at a level where I need really, really talented, really, really good guys [to train with],” Kennedy said.

If he gets his rematch with Miller –- they’ve fought twice, each fighter winning one of the fights –- Kennedy said he must be ready to go all out for three rounds.

“Both the fights with Jason were knock out, drag out fights,” Kennedy said. “He’s a tough guy. I need to make sure I can go at a very high pace for three rounds. I really want to be able to take advantage of the positions I know I can beat him at and wear him out and hopefully knock him out.”

If you’re not too familiar with Kennedy, you can check out his 2007 fight with Miller below, which Kennedy lost by a unanimous decision. The loss is one of only three in Kennedy’s pro career.

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