Continuing in Zuffa’s new social media trend of announcing newly-signed bouts before the MMA media gets wind of them, Strikeforce announced today via Twitter that a middleweight bout between Tim Kennedy and Robbie Lawler has been added to its July 30 Fedor vs. Henderson card in Chicago.
The bout should be a good one between the pair, who coincidentally both lost to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and beat Melvin Manhoef in the past year and a half. Kennedy lost a unanimous decision to Souza in August at Strikeforce: Houston and beat Manhoef at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson in March by way of first-round rear naked choke. Lawler lost to Jacare by third-round rear naked choke at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg in January and knocked out Manhoef at Strikeforce: Miami in January of last year.
The promotion did not clarify if the fight would be on the main televised portion of the card that will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Former PRIDE champions Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson, but it’s likely considering both fighters have not seen prelim action in some time.