(Hopefully somebody Rangers Up soon.)
The 12-3 retired Army Ranger who last fought and lost by decision to Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza for the Strikeforce middleweight strap four months ago was offered two opponents for last weekend’s Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu event, but both declined the fight, leaving Kennedy in the lurch.
“I said yes to two different names for the December 4th card but both guys turned down the fight,” Kennedy explained. Though the humble 31-year old did not reveal names, he did explain he’s being proactive about the situation – a quality [that] likely serv[ed] him well throughout his decorated military career.
Lawler has only one or two more fights left on his Strikeforce contract and was coming off of a loss to Renato "Babalu" Sobral. Another loss would have lowered his stock as a free agent significantly.
Miller, who has lost and won against Kennedy is likely still a few wins away from a title shot, considering he is 1-1 in his last two Strikeforce appearances. A win over Kennedy would have likely put him on the fast track to a rubbermatch with Jacare, but a loss would have derailed his championship run indefinitely.
I may be way off, but they seem like the two most likely candidates for turning down the fight.
The story went on to reveal that the 31-year-old fighter, who is going stir-crazy to get back to competing is strongly considering fighting on either the DREAM or K-1 Dynamite! year-end shows.
"According to Kennedy, he is exploring DREAM as an option where a future fight is concerned. While nothing official is [im]minent, his interest in mixing it up this month along with the Japanese company’s involvement in the annual “Dynamite!!” show does lend credit to the idea a match-up on New Year’s Eve could be a possibility if things fall into place just right."