Lawler-Kennedy Clash Added to July 30 Strikeforce

By Mike Whitman Jun 23, 2011
A middleweight confrontation between former title challengers Robbie Lawler (pictured) and Tim Kennedy has been added to Strikeforce “Fedor vs. Henderson,” the promotion announced Friday via Twitter.

Headlined by a titular heavyweight contest between former Pride Fighting Championships champion Fedor Emelianenko and reigning Strikeforce 205-pound king Dan Henderson, the event goes down July 30 from the Sears Centre in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Lawler, 29, has lost three of his last five contests, most recently falling to Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza in January. A UFC and EliteXC veteran, Lawler is known for his knockout power, earning 15 of his 18 career victories by KO. The southpaw's most recent victories both ended in such fashion, as “Ruthless” relieved Matt Lindland of his consciousness in December after knocking out Melvin Manhoef in a shocking, come-from-behind victory in January 2010.

A winner of five of his last six bouts, Kennedy's last loss also came to “Jacare.” Prior to that loss in August 2010, the middleweight had won four-straight bouts. The 31-year-old has finished 12 of his 13 career victims by either knockout or submission and has only been finished once in his nine years as a pro. Most recently, Kennedy finished Manhoef in March, taking the Dutchman down and sinking in a rear-naked choke.
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