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Tim Kennedy set to scrap with Rob Lawler at July 30 Strikeforce event

Two more of Strikeforce’s top stars are set for a showdown on July 30, as the organization has revealed former top contenders Tim Kennedy and Rob Lawler will face off at an event already featuring a title defense from female champion Marloes Coenen in addition to a highly anticipated bout between 205-pound champ Dan Henderson and long-time heavyweight icon Fedor Emelianenko.

The promotion announced the middleweight match-up earlier today through their Twitter account.

The 13-3 Kennedy has been on a quest to earn another crack at the belt currently worn by Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza since falling short on the judges’ scorecards in their August 2010 affair. The well-rounded 31-year old defeated Melvin Manhoef three months ago at “Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson” and has won five of his last six fights with the lone exception being the loss to Souza.

Lawler is also no stranger to the title scene with his last in-ring appearance involving a third round Read-Naked Choke loss to the aforementioned middleweight champion. Prior to the submission defeat the hard-hitting Midwesterner had stopped seven of his previous nine opponents with strikes including Manhoef, Matt Lindland, Joey Villasenor, Murilo Rua, and Frank Trigg. He holds an overall record of 18-7 with fifteen knockouts to his name.

The inclusion of Lawler vs. Kennedy adds to an already stacked “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” lineup including the headliner, Coenen vs. Miesha Tate, and Paul Daley vs. Tarec Saffiedine.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    Should be a pretty good fight, but Kennedy has a better shot tha Lawler here. I think with his wrestling and submission game on top of decent stand up and great chin Kennedy takes a submission in round 2.


    What a great event-I have Kennedy winning by sub in the second-Should be a barnstormer

  • Rece Rock says:

    A win means more to Lawler in this fight… Kennedy is more well rounded and on paper this fight is a given as long as he sticks to a “get it to the ground” game plan… Kennedy is supposed win this fight but a win by lawler would be a bigger accomplishment… Kennedy by sub rd2 but there’s always a chance of a flash ko by lawler rd 1.


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