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Luke Rockhold On Facing Tim Kennedy: “I’m Excited”

Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has been looking forward to defending his title against Tim Kennedy for quite some time now. If all goes as planned, the two will square off this year.

Rockhold claimed the title with a decision victory over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza last year, and defended it against Keith Jardine this past January, winning via TKO. That match was supposed to be against Kennedy, but an injury knocked him out of it.

“I’m excited about the fight with Kennedy,” said Rockhold, in a recent interview with (thanks to for transcribing). “I think he’s highly underrated, very tough dude, he poses a lot of challenges. I’ll be ready.”

Kennedy has not fought since July of last year, when he defeated Robbie Lawler. Injuries have kept the U.S. Army veteran on the sidelines for several months.

“It looks like it’s finally going to happen,” Rockhold said. “I’ve been waiting for that one for a long time, and I’m excited. I’m getting on my wrestling. Wrestling’s a key for this fight, I gotta control the wrestling.”