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Tim Kennedy calls Strikeforce peers “pathetic” for pulling out of final event

Middleweight Tim Kennedy hasn’t always been the biggest fan of the way Strikeforce and Showtime have done business. However, the 33-year old is an extremely loyal individual and a fighter who is always ready to rumble if called upon.

Unfortunately, Kennedy doesn’t feel a number of his fellow Strikeforce fighters possess the same qualities and has decided to speak out against them, criticizing a number of competitors who backed out of bouts on the organization’s final show this January.

“It’s pathetic and convenient for every single marquee fighter in all of Strikeforce, that we all know to be going over to the UFC, are pulling out of their fights, two weeks before the final card,” exclaimed Kennedy in an interview with Bloody Elbow. “It’s like, are you guys fighters, or are you just a bunch of little vaginas?”

“The whole thing seems like a big bunch of horse sh*t,” Kennedy continued, mocking his peers out of disgust towards their attitudes. “’Yeah, I’m gonna call all these dudes out, because I’m a super tough fighter, this is MY hood, fight me, blah blah blah, oh wait, I hurt my wrist, and I’m gonna be going to the UFC, so I’m not gonna fight. I’m just gonna wait and fight somebody in the UFC.’ What? What just happened? Blech. Whatever.”

Though Kennedy did not name any specific individuals, some of the fighters who have withdrawn from the lineup include champions Gilbert Melendez and Luke Rockhold (due to an injured wrist no less). As far as Kennedy’s own clash with Trevor Smith at the January 12 event, the 14-4 special forces veteran made it clear he’s proud to be part of Strikeforce’s swan song and wouldn’t pull out unless absolutely forced to.

“I’m excited to be on the final show, and I think it’s a testament to the guys that are still on the show, that they are actually real fighters, and not just going out there to make a buck and promote themselves. Great things will happen after this,” Kennedy concluded.


  • Richard Stabone says:


    First off I don’t blame Tim at all for unleashing the way he did. He’s gotten screwed over time & again during his SF tenure. And now to top it all off with his fellow peers piling on by pulling out and torpedoing an event… well, it’s obviously pissed him off something fierce.

    That being said, if I was in the shoes of guys like Gil and Rockhold, I’d probably do the same. They’ve also been affected by the shitty operation of SF, and so looking at it from their point of view I can understand why they’d feel like they don’t owe anything to that POS organization. But at the same time, they’ve gotta understand they’re also impacting their fellow fighters, so that part sucks. It’s an uncomfortable tradeoff but ultimately they’re doing the right thing for their career and I can’t really criticize that.

  • MCM says:

    The argument could also be made that staying on the card, even hurt, is better for your career. The UFC is run by Dana White and he LOVES attitudes like Tims. It’s easy enough to let the injury be known after the fight and Dana has been known to reward guys for stepping up when hurt (Cain). But if a fighter is hurt and wins, that just adds to his bargaining power when he makes the switch to the UFC.
    I’m not Dana, but I think in his eyes, it’s just as bad for a fighter career to look like a “pussy” as it is to lose a fight.

  • darth_irritable says:

    Gotta love it: “Are you guys fighters, or are you just a bunch of little vaginas?”


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