MMA Quick Quote: Melvin Manhoef ready to put on the fight of the year against Tim Kennedy

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"It’s going to be a great, hard fight.... I think it’s going to be the fight of the night or the year.... For me, it’s very important because I had some time off and I want to prove that I’m still here, I’m still strong and I’m still Melvin.... I’m very blessed that STRIKEFORCE has picked me to fight Tim. Even though it’s on short notice I’ll give everything in my power to win this fight. I’m coming real prepared so there are no excuses. I think all the fans will enjoy it because I’m coming to fight, he’s coming to fight, it’s going to be fireworks."

-- Two consecutive defeats will not stop Dutch destroyer, Melvin Manhoef, from letting it all hang out when he takes on Tim Kennedy at the Strikeforce: "Feijao vs. Henderson" event on March 2, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. The ferocious knockout artist was stopped dead in his tracks the last time he competed for the promotion, taking an early nap with the help of a hellish Robbie Lawler haymaker. "No Mercy" -- who has notched (technical) knockout victories in all but one of his 24 victories -- admits that he is focused this time around despite taking the middleweight fight on relatively short notice. And he's got an opponent in Kennedy who will stand right in front of him and sling leather until the first man falls. It seems as though Manhoef is lined up to get back on track, but there is a hard-hitting distinguished military vet who has a battle plan of his own mapped out. Who takes it?

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