After his decision loss to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in August, Strikeforce middleweight contender Tim Kennedy has been prowling around looking for a fight with lady luck giving him a golden shower for his efforts. Once Strikeforce could find an opponent that was not ducking him, a threematch with Jason “Mayhem” Miller was proposed to cement the trilogy between those two fighters to see who was the better man. Recently, Strikeforce decided not to do that for some reason and put Kennedy up against Luke Rockhold because… they can. Mayhem, however, was left much like Kennedy was months before – without a fight.
Good news for Kennedy though, as due to a reported leg injury suffered in training, Rockhold has been forced to withdraw from their match, and replacing him will be everyone’s favorite Dutch kickboxer (after Alistair Overeem), Melvin Manhoef. Manhoef is coming off back to back losses from Tatsuya Mizuno and Robbie Lawler, with Mizuno tapping him out and Lawler knocking him out. Melvin has been 4-4 since 2008, so his batting average is not looking too good and this fight could be do or die for him in Strikeforce. Against a well-rounded fighter like Kennedy, I hope Manhoef works a bit on the grappling for a change since we know he can kick Kennedy’s head off, but that does him no good when he is caught in an ankle lock.
Strikeforce Colombus will headline the Light Heavyweight title match between Dan Henderson and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in Feijao’s first defense since beating King Mo. The co-feature will have the Flying female Dutch submission extraordinaire Marloes “Rumina” Coenen defending her title against the Tough wrestler, Miesha Tate.