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Strikeforce scraps middleweight tournament; books Tim Kennedy vs 'Jacare' Souza for vacant division title


We don't need no stinkin' tournament.

One of Fort Bragg's finest will try to wear middleweight gold when the hard-hitting Tim Kennedy tests his might against decorated grappling wizard Ronaldo Souza at the upcoming Strikeforce: "Houston" event scheduled for the Toyota Center on Aug. 21 in Houston, Texas.

Kennedy (12-2) elevated his status at last month's "Los Angeles" event with a first round submission win (rear naked choke) over Trevor Prangley. It was the fourth straight "W" for the Green Beret, who is perfect under the Strikeforce banner at 3-0.

But he undoubtedly faces his stiffest test to date against Souza.

"Jacare" (12-2) made a successful transition to the San Jose-based fight promotion following a lengthy run overseas in DREAM. After submitting Matt Lindland at last year's "Evolution" event, the Brazilian scored a unanimous decision win over Joey Villasenor at "Heavy Artillery" back in May.

He's widely considered one of the sport's most dangerous grapplers.

Strikeforce: "Houston" will feature a main event between current light heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in his first title defense against Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante. Lightweight stars KJ Noons and Jorge Gurgel are also scheduled to hook 'em up.

For more on the August 21 event click here.

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