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Switcheroo Alert: Kennedy to Fight Rockhold; ‘Mayhem’ Without Opponent for March

("Hey, I thought you guys said you would call me if you were gonna do anything tonight." PicProps: Fighters Only)

Well, this is only going to fuel more speculation about you know what. As Strikeforce moves to finalize its March 5 card in Columbus (tickets go on sale tomorrow, y’all), the recently postponed rubber match between Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Tim Kennedy has been scrapped entirely, at least for the immediate future. Instead, Kennedy will fight Luke Rockhold, the company announced on Monday via press release. That’s at least some compensation for an already pissed off Kennedy, who went public recently with a list of fighters he said had turned down bouts with him and his complaints that Strikeforce was leaving him to die on the vine from sheer inactivity.

No reason for the change was given, though MMA Junkie quotes PR spokesperson Mike Afromowitz saying (in fairly typical Strikeforce fashion) that “the matchup had never been signed in the first place.” In any case, it appears to complete a four-fight card for the cleverly named “Strikeforce: Columbus,” and essentially leaves Miller without a date. Interesting (but probably coincidence) that this switch goes down less than 48 hours after middleweight champion Jacare Souza successfully defended his crown against Robbie Lawler and longtime Miller crush object Nick Diaz stretched Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos to retain his welterweight belt. Wild speculation, anyone?

For his part, Souza – who has history with Miller after “Mayhem” called him (and we’re quoting here) a “vagina-head Brazilian” when their Dream 9 bout was declared a no contest due to an illegal soccer kick – was dismissive of the idea of fighting the “Bully Beatdown” host again. So put off, in fact, that he reportedly switched from Portuguese to English when a reporter asked him about the possibility of a Miller rematch during the “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” postfight press conference this weekend.

“You kidding me man?” Souza said. “I beat this guy two times. No more!”

At that same media event, Diaz also didn’t have any nice things to say about his prospective future welterweight challengers, Paul Daley and Tyron Woodley. About Daley, who is fighting Yuya Shirai at BAMMA 5 next month, the champ provided this assessment: 

“I’m not really impressed with Paul Daley as a mixed martial artist,” Diaz said. “He’s got great stand-up, sure, (but) … (against him) I just might do some karate … some wushu … I see me putting punches on him, maybe him trying to take me down, getting caught in a choke. He can run from me. I’d run him down and take him down and beat him on the ground. I dunno. ”

On the topic of Woodley, Diaz was a bit more characteristically, uh, confused. Or confusing. Or something.

“I don’t want to talk bad about anybody, (but) I don’t really have anything about him that impresses me,” he said. “I didn’t think he was a wrestler, but then I heard he was a wrestler. It was like, ‘OK.’ ”

So, there you go. Miller needs somebody to fight. Jacare needs somebody to fight. Diaz needs somebody to fight. You see where this is going, Strikeforce? Please, for the love of God, tell us you see where this is going.

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V.S.O.P.- February 1, 2011 at 6:52 am
This is awesome. Kennedy now has the chance to prove himself against competition. Mayhem.....enjoy MTV, its a good place for a character like yourself.
ZiggysDick- January 31, 2011 at 9:51 pm
“I don’t want to talk bad about anybody, (but) I don’t really have anything about him that impresses me,” he said. “I didn’t think he was a wrestler, but then I heard he was a wrestler. It was like, ‘OK.’ ”

RSparrow- January 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Hahaha, sometimes that dude throws me for a loop also.
bitteralex- January 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm
i totally know where you're going with this cp...
3-way battle royale!!
Daddy_jeffy- January 31, 2011 at 2:52 pm
What the fuck did you say? Feel free to mix in a punctuation mark ever once in a while.

snicket916- January 31, 2011 at 12:39 pm
i thought that was that dude spencer and heidi when i first saw the top pic
Kimbos Bread- January 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Quick, somebody call Nick Diaz and tell him to look busy.

ghostboner- January 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm
Sigh. Nowhere is where this is going. No where. Know wear. Sad cause Mayhem vs Kennedy would have been an awesome fight.
ccman- January 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Diaz had in his contract that miller be shunned from all fights but be offered them to keep him from signing elsewhere, just under the clause of coker tazer him if ever actually went back to the deepend of the pool and actually buy he is even top 5 ufc 170#er, and over the clause that he gets the same cyborg lovin to prep him for a border bust prison stint lookin for cheap scripts. Your asshole can never be to prepped in the 209 hubby, he means homie..
omunto- January 31, 2011 at 12:09 pm
@ BlackLesnar

I think he called Jacre that because of the huge gash he made on Jacre's head in the No contest bout. Much in the way everyone said Diego Sanchez had a "Goat's Vagina" after the BJ Penn contest. I could be wrong though on the cronological order of Miller v Jacre
whitey- January 31, 2011 at 11:58 am
immediately before this picture was taken mayhem was asked what happened to the rest of his eyebrows
portland mma- January 31, 2011 at 11:54 am
Daley and Diaz would be a good fight, Daley's wrestling has at least improved a bit and Diaz has never been known for his takedowns...but once that shit hits the mat semtex is tapping. Woodley sure as hell isn't ready for Diaz either, he lost to Nathan Coy in Portland...well not on his record but there is no way he won that fight.

Rockhold is no joke though, wouldn't be surprised to see him beat Kennedy...and I just wish Mayhem would disappear.
Turd Furgeson- January 31, 2011 at 11:31 am
Mayhem and Diaz will fight, then the winner of that fight will fight Jacare for with MW title that same night. It's pretty obvious..
KarmaAteMyCat- January 31, 2011 at 11:20 am
I love the fact that he doesn't have a fight. the ass clown can go find some more bullies to beat on.
Get Off Me- January 31, 2011 at 11:12 am
hence why I brought it up, much like Miller/Kennedy wasn't official neither was Rampage/Silva, the one difference is Strikeforce are clowns for changing and the UFC is not called out in similar fashion.
Smitty- January 31, 2011 at 10:53 am
I love to hate me some Strikeforce match makers!
donfryesmustache- January 31, 2011 at 10:42 am
@getoffme, don't think silva/rampage was ever "signed" either, idk. Anyways, don't think Mille deserves a shot @ MW Title & don't think Coker would risk his WW champ losing a catchweight fight either
NinjaNerd8- January 31, 2011 at 10:39 am
Kennedy comes off slightly condescending in interviews.
Get Off Me- January 31, 2011 at 10:38 am
Nobody really cared to see Mayhem/Kennedy from the looks of it anyway.
The match was never officially announced, so where's the confusion?
Where is the article shitting on Dana White for "cancelling" Thiago Silva/Rampage?
Oh that's right, were talking about Strikeforce, no matter what they do they must be shit on regularly.
Goat- January 31, 2011 at 10:38 am
It's going straight to YAMMA hell
BlackLesnar- January 31, 2011 at 10:35 am
Jason Miller, the greatest of childhood insult slingers. Vagina-head?