Report: Kennedy-Manhoef Now Targeted for Strikeforce Columbus


Melvin Manhoef. Photo courtesy of FEG.

The changes keep coming for Tim Kennedy.

The U.S. military veteran has now been offered a bout against dangerous Dutch striker Melvin Manhoef for the main card of Strikeforce's first-ever trip to Columbus, Ohio on March 5. MMAJunkie.com was the first to report the news.

Kennedy was originally slated for a third showdown against rival Jason "Mayhem" Miller, but Miller was replaced by middleweight contender Luke Rockhold last week before Manhoef came into the picture.

Kennedy, has not competed since a botched title opportunity against Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza. The North Carolina native owns wins over Strikeforce veterans Trevor Prangley and Nick Thompson.

Manhoef fell in his Strikeforce debut, dominating Robbie Lawler before being caught with an overhand right and knocked out during an epic brawl last January. He most recently was submitted by Tatsuya Mizuno in DREAM's light heavyweight grand prix in July.

Strikeforce's March 5 show will be headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between current champion Rafael "Feijao" Calvancante and top contender and former two-division PRIDE champion Dan Henderson.

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