Tim Kennedy, one of the few notable middleweights among Strikeforce's ranks, is coming off a definitive loss to champion Luke Rockhold in Portland back in July. With most of the promotion's top 185-pound fighters being booked, it looks like they've opted to have Kennedy face a lesser-known fighter, as he is now set to take on Trevor Smith on Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker tweeted the pending match-up earlier today.
Kennedy (14-4) is known for being a veteran Army Ranger and Green Beret, and for his eccentric personality outside of the cage. He has a fairly straightforward style of fighting, but it can occasionally vary from fight to fight. He is well rounded, with 12 finishes in his career, but he's also shown to not excel in any one area of fighting.
Can he redeem himself later this year?
Smith (10-2) is a former light heavyweight submission fighter. Since a loss to Gian Villante in this past January, the Tukwila native decided to head down to middleweight, debuting against Alexandre Moreno back in June. He was able to secure a guillotine choke late in the first round, forcing the fight to be stopped, securing a successful 185-pound debut.
"Hot Sauce" has finished most of his fights using his aggressive jiu-jitsu attack, and he'll be looking to upstage the more well known Kennedy with an impressive submission come fight night.
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