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Tim Kennedy is Not Afraid to Name Names of All Y’all Who are Ducking Him


(This is, like, the only bag in the gym that would agree to be kicked by Tim Kennedy. PicProps: MilitaryTimes.com)

About a month ago we brought you news that bonafide badass Tim Kennedy was having a tough time finding an opponent in Strikeforce’s 185-pound division. Well, as of this writing Kennedy has been out of action nearly five months and with nothing yet scheduled he apparently got so fed up with waiting that this week he decided to say "fuck it" and start naming names. Dig this interview with MMAFA.tv, where Kennedy alleges that nearly every middleweight in Strikeforce has said “thanks, but no thanks” to a meeting in the cage with him during the last few months.

“It’s absolutely atrocious,” Kennedy says. “Strikeforce approached me for the December and January card. I said, ‘Definitely, just give me a name and I’ll take the fight.’ Benji Radach was the name, I said yes. Then they tell me he doesn’t want to fight me. Joey Villasenor was another name, but I understand him saying no because we trained at Jackson’s (team) together. Matt Lindland was another guy who said no. Robbie Lawler has turned me down three or maybe four times. They asked Melvin Manhoef to fight me and he said ‘(expletive) no.’ ”


Could it really be true that all the above mentioned guys turned down fights with Kennedy? Seems odd, since we wouldn’t imagine a guy like Radach would have the kind of political capital necessary to pick and choose his opponents in America’s second largest MMA promotion. We would’ve figured him for more of a “you’ll take whatever we give you and you’ll like it” kind of guy, unless he earned himself some sort of Get Out of Jail Free card from Scott Coker for stepping up to get squashed by Ovince St. Preux at light heavyweight last month. Same with Villasenor. You’d think these guys would just be happy to get a paycheck and would be pleased at the prospect of maybe fighting on TV, even if it is against a friend.

Lawler might have his reasons, since he’s currently set to fight Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza for the title, but we’re not sure we believe that he’s turned down the opportunity to fight Kennedy “three or maybe four times.” That does not sound like the Robbie Lawler we’ve come to know over the last 10 years. Previous to this we would’ve imagined that if you offered Lawler a fight with a 500-pound gorilla he’d just want to know how the gorilla’s ground game was, or if we thought the beast would stand up and fight him like a man.

In fact, the whole idea of guys turning down fights in Strikeforce is a little weird once you consider that given the shallow nature of the company’s middleweight division all these guys will eventually end up fighting each other if they stick around long enough. With the possible exception of Lindland, we guess, who doesn’t look like he should be fighting anyone, ever again, at least for the sake of his cognitive abilities. He’s going to need to preserve some capacity to reason and conceive of abstract thought if he’s going to keep talking Chael Sonnen’s way out of these messes he makes for himself, after all.

One name conspicuously absent from Kennedy’s list of call-outs is Jason "Mayhem" Miller. As you know, those two guys have history and with both seemingly in need of opponents for upcoming Strikeforce shows, well … Maybe that fight just makes too much sense for the company’s matchmakers. Whatever the case, Kennedy ain’t happy about all the down time.

“I’m super frustrated with it,” he says. “This is a pugilistic sport, is it not? It is the nature of the sport to fight each other, but nobody wants to fight me. Do I say, ‘Screw it, give me my uniform back, give me my long gun back and I’ll go back on the sniper range’? Or do I keep waiting these guys out until, in a battle of attrition, somebody gives up and says ‘Tim is the only guy who I can fight, so I’ll take that’?”

Like we said, we’d be surprised (shocked, even) if all these guys have legitimately said no to fights with Kennedy. If true, we’re not sure what to make of it, except that it seems like more evidence that Strikeforce is easily paralyzed by the whims of its athletes. Seriously, either the US Army green beret is the most feared man in the promotion, or he’s harboring a fairly significant persecution complex. One thing we know for sure about Kennedy: At this point he will not hesitate to put your name in the streets if he even suspects you might have turned down a bout with him.

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fatbellyfrank- January 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Can't see why they'd be ducken him, not like he's an unstoppable beast, I think Smitty may have hit the nail on the head, just not enough name power, if they worked for another org , maybe one that rhymes with Bruu breff bee, they'd be told your fucken fighters so fucken fight fer fuck sake
MediocreThreat- January 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Don't be scared, homie
Construction King- January 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm
I could see all of these guys turning down fights with him based on his skillset he's the most well rounded of all of them since they're mostly primarily strikers he would likely have easy wins against most of them.
cjseifert- January 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm
No matter how hard he tried, Tim's new pole dancing class just didn't feel right.
cjseifert- January 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm
No matter how hard he tries, Tim's new pole dancing calss just didn't fee right.
El Guapo- January 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm
What IS the deal with no Mayhem-GI Joe squash match, anyway? Unfinished business, neither has a fight lined up, unfinished business. Did I mention neither has a fight lined up and they have unfinished business together??

Make it happen, Coker.

ccman- January 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm
Why do i see kennedy starting the super size me diet on and getting into the strikeforce Grand (snicker)prix(barely contained laugh) around the semifinals when all that is left is fedor managers, 2 failed drug tests, both of AA's remaining wits, and a cabage patch kids adoption papers.


winner by default
Morningwood- January 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm
@Las he's already lost to Scott Smith
Fried Taco- January 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm
@ RwilsonR - The Army doesn't want warriors, they want bodies. Preferably large, soft bodies that will absorb most of the explosion before it reaches the officers.
Fried Taco- January 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm
I think most of these guys are just scared to lose to Tim and then be handed their walking papers by Scott Coker. Oh, wait a second, this is Strikeforce. They don't even have a Word template for walking papers.
RwilsonR- January 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm
@ El Guapo - that match-up would be hard on the announcers - "In this corner, we have the pale white guy in the red trunks, with white and blue trim, and in this corner we have the pale white guy in white trunks with blue and red trim."

@ Darkhorse - Couldn't agree more. I couldn't believe the Army missed out on that opportunity, either. They could have sponsored every one of Kennedy's fights, and made a big push with athletes like him. Instead, they think handing out berets to everyone is the best way to make them feel tough again.

At least they changed the motto from 'Army of One', but 'Army Strong' is silly if nobody thinks of them as strong warriors anymore because they have gone out of their way to soften their image. The Marines at least get it, and it shows in their recruiting numbers. If you want warriors, then try to recruit warriors.

@ Smitty - I wouldn't be surprised if you're right, that Kennedy is a tough fight, but lacks the name recognition to make it worth it. But I wonder what constitutes "offering" the fight. It still seems like they could have made one of these work.
NorthSouthDudesOnly- January 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm
That picture caption is fantastic.
agentsmith- January 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Lindland shouldn't ever fight again. Unless you count against an orderly who's trying to feed him pudding. Goddammit, he just doesn't like tapioca, okay?!
LAS- January 10, 2011 at 11:56 am
He should just fight Scott Smith, since everybody and their fucking brother has fought that guy in Strikeforce. Or maybe Dong Le? As long as his side-check kick defense is up to par.
ccman- January 10, 2011 at 11:56 am
I assumed because you keep the place smelling fresh and clean.
Lysol- January 10, 2011 at 11:55 am
Sorry, double posted, feel free to delete this comment.
Lysol- January 10, 2011 at 11:53 am
@ccman

Why do you think I haven't been banned yet? :-)
Lysol- January 10, 2011 at 11:52 am
If you have a decent ground game you're mad about not getting to fight Melvin Manhoef, you officially waive your right to be upset about the fans calling you a can crusher.
ccman- January 10, 2011 at 11:51 am
Does anyone else every once in a while... i mean just on occassion, think other promotions (meaning not ones that rythmn with blue beff bree) put troll on here to try and muddy waters just a little?
uzitotinbaby- January 10, 2011 at 11:43 am
Tim's delusional. He's a very talented fighter, but I seriously doubt any of those guys turned down fights with him.
Smitty- January 10, 2011 at 11:26 am
It wouldn't surprise me that people are ducking this guy. He's pretty damn tough, and well rounded. I doubt the fighters in SF don't know who he is either. I think it's just too much of a risk for them to fight him and they know it. Not a big enough name to be losing to.
ihateemo- January 10, 2011 at 11:24 am
"Strikeforce has the deepest 185lb. division of any mma promotion"

Of any promotion that doesn't rhyme with "blue beff bree", sure.
Boo- January 10, 2011 at 11:19 am
Tim Kennedy is an asshole
Nintendong- January 10, 2011 at 11:13 am
"Strikeforce has the deepest 185lb. division of any mma promotion and it's not even close."

Please tell me you are joking about this, Eggs?
O Chan- January 10, 2011 at 11:11 am
@El Guapo - that match up made my Patriotic Boner splooge Patriotism all over my pants!!!
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