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Strikeforce Deathwatch: Tim Kennedy Reportedly Headed to the UFC

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(And in case I don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight.) 

In what appears to be another step towards Strikeforce’s eventual collapse, rumor has it that former Strikeforce middleweight title challenger Tim Kennedy is on his way to the UFC. The first red flag that got people’s attention was oddly enough Tim’s Facebook page, where he recently added the UFC to his list of employers. Shortly after, Kennedy’s fighter profile popped up on the UFC’s UK website, then the UFC’s main website, so unless someone with very strange goals has hacked the UFC mainframe, I’d say this is about a lock.

Kennedy certainly provides for some interesting match-ups in the UFC’s middleweight division. With wins over Robbie Lawler, Melvin Manhoef, and current TUF 14 coach Jason “Mayhem” Miller, (though Miller won the rematch) the Green Beret and proven deadliest warrior can most certainly shake things up a bit with his strong wrestling background and ever improving Jiu-Jitsu game. Plus, did we mention the guy plays piano with two loaded pistols? I think we have, but that fact bears repeating.


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macreadysshack- October 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm
Jesus, Xeno, way to jump O Chan's shit for making a funny off-hand comment.
I have a bad feeling about that next trigger pull, too. How's 'bout you skip this next round of Russian-roullette.
Todd M- October 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm
@ XENO, I love ya man but don't get on O'Chan for taking the piss out of the UFC's marine marketing. I do not suport the war and I get tired of hearing army rhetoric when watching my favourite sport, not to mention the fact the fucking Marines sponsor UFC events, fuck even Bellator was bought to you by the NAVY, Bringing Peace To The World was their slogan, WTF oh the ironing. Also just because someone doesn't join the services It does not make them a coward, I would call the US Military Industrial Complex and it's finacial backers cowards. I have no problems with members of the army personally, I think most of them are just there to do a job, but I do have a problem with having to sit through military advertisement and listening to ex-pats turned MMA fighters spit propaganda during their interviews. I take it you are an ex serviceman and I respect you for that so in the end I still got love for ya XENO, plus I enjoy your zany theories.
XENOPHON- October 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm
@O Chan
Patriotism, wrong. They are both veterans working on new careers. Since most all the men in the UFC are under 42 years of age, tell me one who has ever signed up for even the military reserves. Not one, not even the poor fucker who Dana claims is the one of his best fighters, but only got paid $3,000 bucks.
Please don't talk about the UFC and patriotism. There are men and women who hook it up and sling lead every day for the past 10 years. None of them have ever come from the UFC. I'll say it, they do fine fighting in a cage, crib, or ring...but are no where near the likes of a Kennedy or Stann.
In times past, they would be labeled contentious objectors, draft-dodgers or peace-nicks by some, cowards by others like me.
zhmmbb- October 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm
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RwilsonR- October 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm
Also, ccman makes the most logical points in both articles.
RwilsonR- October 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm
@ XENO - I think you completely misunderstood the relationship with Fox in the comments from the last article, but there could actually be something to your conspiracy theory here. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if Fox was concerned with a competing Zuffa product on Showtime, and encouraged Zuffa to do away with it. I have no evidence, but at least it is one of your conspiracies that has a logical justification. The reverse could be equally true, that Showtime might have gotten all sandy vag on Zuffa signing with Fox, so became noncommittal about continuing one of their products on Showtime.
O Chan- October 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Kennedy vs. Stann... I can just feel the Patriotism just spewing all over my tits and glasses.
ccman- October 13, 2011 at 11:19 am
@its Galf, We have broken down the finances of SF so many times it is redundant, they were overpaying people who 'you' consider draws but in mainstream world were not. Hendo still does not pull numbers, no one at SF did, except Gina, and she disappeared into Hollywood. SF was at barely break even for most events and was giving away most of the rest of their revenue stream over paying fighters (Hendo, hello) with almost no mass appeal. Diaz is marketable to stoners and hood rats, but they don't buy tickets. Other than that? who? They been living off Shamrock money for a while.
itsgalf- October 13, 2011 at 11:08 am
and cannibalizing works out well too. They pulled Nick Diaz and was going to have him challenge GSP. They pulled Overeem to challenge Brock. Then they pulled Melendez his way up to Edgar. Then they got Hendo. So they got some big draws because they're interesting fights.

So I don't think they had a problem paying the money to cannibalize it. They called up the good fighters that will be a draw and likely pleased the fans by saying "hey, we'll pay the money to put on the matchups you guys want to see"
XENOPHON- October 13, 2011 at 10:38 am
@Get Off Me
Agreed, with one exception, it likely Fox who along with Zuffa wanted the Showtime plug pulled sooner rather than later.
skeletor- October 13, 2011 at 10:28 am
Kennedy V Stann do it now.
And fuck you Danga
Get Off Me- October 13, 2011 at 10:13 am
I think SF was a threat to the UFC and that's why the UFC bought them out. The proof is the pudding right now, SF was not a ratings threat to the UFC, but the contracts with fighters were different from those the UFC has with their fighters. The talent pool in MMA is not very deep either(with respects to Karma) and SF had fighters that the UFC wanted, case and point the pillage we see now.
SF was not going to do bigger ratings, but they were going to survive and Showtime would renew a contract, by purchasing SF, Zuffa killed two birds with one stone, they acquired talent and pulled the plug on Showtime by knowingly offeriing them a shitty roster(with what's left) and a shitty deal(don't think Dana doesn't love the fact that Showtime is out of mma) to go along with it. I think the investment will pay for itself by the time Overeem and Brock fight.
Get Off Me- October 13, 2011 at 10:06 am
Robbie Lawler has lost fights before that I thought were fishy.
What I have come to realize is that talent aside, Robbie does not have the strongest of mental games in the cage.

Happy to hear Kennedy is on the way to the UFC, he's got game and I think we can see him put some wins together.
HandsofGold- October 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

So did he decide to throw the fight in the third round only because i am pretty sure there was two other rounds where he was throwing his fist......
jimbonics- October 13, 2011 at 10:03 am
Awful lot of money to pay to buy a company you're just going to cannibalize. Doesn't make sense. It's not like Dykefarce was any kind of threat to Zuffa, LLC.
SnackDaddy- October 13, 2011 at 9:57 am
I am convinced Robbie Lawler threw his fight against Kennedy. Just watch the last round of that fight again if you don't believe me. It's like Lawler refuses to throw a punch. Like he doesn't want to hurt Kennedy.