Strikeforce: Tim Kennedy vs Melvin Manhoef official for March 5 in Columbus


Third time's the charm.

Strikeforce today finally put an end to the Tim Kennedy lottery, making his March 5 bout against Melvin Manhoef official for "Feijao vs. Henderson" in Columbus, Ohio.

The switch was necessitated by Luke Rockhold, who suffered a leg injury that forced him to pull out of the bout. Initially, as first reported here at, Kennedy was slated to face off against Jason "Mayhem" Miller but that fight was scrapped for unknown reasons.

Kennedy suffered a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Ronaldo Souza when they tangled back at the "Houston" event in August 2010, one that saw "Jacare" claim the vacant 185-pound strap and send the former Green Beret to his first loss in over three years.

A win over Manhoef could make the argument that he deserves another crack at the title considering Kennedy's first dance with the grappling guru was hardly a blowout.

But, as Robbie Lawler can surely tell you, the K-1 slugger is no pushover.

Manhoef is just 2-4 in his last six contests but don't let that fool you -- 23 of his 24 career victories have come via knockout. Who else can make a claim like that?

In his last fight under the Strikeforce banner against the previously mentioned Lawler, the kickboxer was showing "No Mercy" and performing "Marvelously" before a "Ruthless" hail mary punch flattened him and left him lying prone on the mat.

Record be damned, Manhoef puts on exciting fights. Super-slugger vs. super-soldier, Maniacs, who ya got?

Strikeforce: "Columbus" is set for March 5 in Ohio and will feature former Pride multiple division champion Dan Henderson attempting to capture his first belt since the Japanese promotion went away when he takes on current Light Heavyweight Champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante.

The event is also expected to feature Women's Welterweight Champion Marloes Coenen defending her title against Meisha Tate.

Stay tuned to for any updates as they become available.

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