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Mayhem vs. Kennedy III Bumped to ‘Strikeforce: Columbus’ in March

(I guess you had to be there. Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)

Originally slated to go down this month, the long-awaited (at least by us) rubber match between middleweights Jason Miller and Tim Kennedy is now expected for Strikeforce: Columbus, which takes place March 5th at the Nationwide Arena. It’s great news for Kennedy, who has been ducked by everybody in the universe since his decision loss to Ronaldo Souza in August. Miller has won his last two fights, scoring a first-round TKO over local yokel Tim Stout at Strikeforce: Nashville last April, and choking out creaky legend Kazushi Sakuraba at DREAM.16 in September.

For the second year in a row, the UFC has decided not to hold an event during the annual Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, and Strikeforce is swooping in to take full advantage. Along with Miller/Kennedy, the event is rumored to feature Rafael Cavalcante vs. Dan Henderson in the main event, a 135-pound women’s title fight between Marloes Coenen and Miesha Tate, the possible return of Paul Daley, and maybe (maybe!) even Werdum vs. Overeem

Speaking of Jason Miller, did you know that he once fought a 360-pound man at an Icon Sport event, and held onto a choke for so long that even Babalu Sobral would be disgusted? I just learned that over the weekend, and I’m still confused. Video proof after the jump…

(Jason Miller vs. Stefan Gamlin @ "Icon Sport: Mayhem vs. Giant," 5/26/2006)

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ccman- January 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm
The arnold is the biggest body builder expo in the world where a bunch of guys with tink dicks get together to learn the chemical mix that's most current to shrink their nuts to make their overcompensated cocks look normal again.

Known to men as juice central usa
bladesj88- January 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm
Wow you beat up a big fat nobody lol your pretty good man not!!!
War Diaz!!!
djp1988- January 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Kennedy - "GOD DAMNIT, JASON! WE PRACTICED THIS! It goes step-step, clap-clap, step-step, double dream hands, then flip!"

ArmFarmer- January 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Didn't shields get saved by the bell when miller had a rnc sunk deep and was choking the shit out of him? Just sayin... The only thing that won that fight for shields was the clock. I guess the clock pretty much wins most of his matches for him anyway, but whatever.
ghostboner- January 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Look out!!! Dhere's a baaauuuuummmmmmmm!!!!
El Guapo- January 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm
^ "Dee choppa es cahming! Get down, get down! I will feex dee deficit by raising dee taxes. It's not a tumahh. Hasta la veesta, baby."
irish brawler- January 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm
can someone please explain to me what the arnold is?
Slapahoetribe- January 17, 2011 at 11:59 am
Miller is a tool. His retarded antics and stupid laugh bug me. He's like one of those annoying chicks that keeps trying to bust jokes but they are the only one laughing at them. Yeah that's him.
ghostboner- January 17, 2011 at 11:59 am
@ccman - My thoughts exactly, and furthermore, my thoughts exactly. Mayhem has long been legit, and MMA already has enough juice problems. Hell Strikeforce should just change it's name to Juiceforce cause it's tourney is pretty much night of the living juicers. That said, it will still be awesome and I will still watch.

Karma - People in helmets should not point fingers/fling slobber. Perhaps you recall Shielzzz being rear naked choked by Mayhem? If Shields vs Mayhem was a tv show, it would have been Saved By the Bell. And Shields would have been Screech.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 17, 2011 at 11:14 am
Anyone saying Miller had a chance in hell against Shields is retarded.
El Guapo- January 17, 2011 at 10:46 am
GI Joe vs Mayhem is a good matchup. It would appear Strikeforce is beginning to make sense of this whole fight dealie thingy. Who woulda thunk it?

And props to the 'Tater(that's CP, not Meisha Tate's tatters)for reverse jinxing this trilogy into happening. Keep up the good work, fellas.
skeletor- January 17, 2011 at 9:20 am
Never really liked Kennedy, I don't mind that he plays up the military angle but he just seems like a huge dick. I really don't care who wins this ne as long it 's done in brutal fashion.
ben- January 17, 2011 at 8:50 am
@NinjaVanish :  Good point, I forgot about that WEC event.  Anyway, it's open season this year...
Sudos KFC- January 17, 2011 at 8:49 am
when your fighting someone that much bigger than you, even in a competition you would be surprised how scary and frustrating it can be. I know for me anyway sometimes in training even I have used some pretty questionable etiquette cause I almost got smothered or something...not pretty. Anyway not an excuse, just a reason...

How in the world did strikeforce manage to make a matchup where I am actually going to root for tim Kennedy. weird.
MediocreThreat- January 17, 2011 at 8:15 am
What a DISGRACE!!! Somebody should throw a water bottle in his face.
ccman- January 17, 2011 at 8:01 am
I stand by mma needs to avoid the arnold. Maybe they figured that out last year... what I know is what I saw.
ccman- January 17, 2011 at 8:00 am
I stand by mma needs to avoid the arnold.
NinjaVanish- January 17, 2011 at 7:58 am
Zuffa had a WEC event at the last Arnolds in 2010, I was there last year :)
RearNakedSpoon- January 17, 2011 at 7:50 am
mmmm Miesha Tate *drool* and nice Babalu reference.
Yep thats right folks, I just pissed away a couple of bytes from your broadband that you will never see again.
ccman- January 17, 2011 at 7:48 am
I get the kennedy war hero angle and all what escapes me is they split fights and over bully beatdown miller is always dismissed. Shit sheildzzzzzzzz the king of top control and zero damage was reversed more than a gay politician. Miller is a fighter.

As for the arnold, I dated a fitness commpetitor outta australia who never misses the arnold. It is juice central... period. Lie to yourself if you want and hate away but the ufc is trying to legitimize and mainstream mma.... everyone else is looking to make a buck.

Mma around the Arnold is not a good thing for this sport.
Payday- January 17, 2011 at 7:36 am
Mayhem held that choke so he could savor the aroma of bacon a little longer...
GILL-uh-TEEN- January 17, 2011 at 7:12 am
Hell... make Miller an alternate in the HW tourney...
Danky4twanky- January 17, 2011 at 7:09 am
Dude mayhem is nuttier than squirrel shit, and I mean that in the best possible way!
MMAINMYBLOOD- January 17, 2011 at 6:32 am