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MMADieHards.com was on hand to document MicroTech sponsored trip that allowed MMA fighters to spend some time visiting our Wounded Warriors at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
Strikeforce: Houston was an event with upsets and bad refs.
In the upsets, challenger Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante scored a third-round TKO of Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal to take the Strikeforce light-heavyweight championship, and former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley was beaten by unheralded Chad Griggs.
Another title was on the line when Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza defeated Tim Kennedy for the middleweight belt via unanimous decision.
The Lashley fight featured some of the questionable refereeing that plagued the event, which was held at the Toyota Center in Houston and was televised by Showtime.
Lashley was all over Griggs for the better part of the first two rounds, despite suffering a gash under his left eye that spewed a considerable amount of blood. With Lashley mounted on Griggs and 33 seconds left in the second round, time was called the ringside doctor was brought in to assess Lashley’s cut. At the restart, the fighters were standing, rather than being put back into position, and Griggs took advatage. Griggs watched the gassed-out Lashley attempt to take him down, and peppered him with hammerfists to the head as Lashley attempted to hold on.
As the round ended, the fight was called off and Griggs had secured the upset.
The next fight was even worse.
K.J. Noons ended up knocking out Jorge Gurgel 19 seconds into the second round of their lightweight tilt but easily could have been disqualified.
Noons, who also boxes professionally, appeared to have a slight advantage through a close first round when, at the end of an exchange and clearly after the bell, he floored Gurgel with a left. As Gurgel made it back to his feet, his cornerman was waking him up and explaining what had just happened.
Still dazed, Gurgel answered the bell for Round 2 and met a devastating right-left combination that left him floored again, this time instinctively crawling for Noons’ leg. Noons looked at the referee, who was not stopping the clearly finished Gurgel, and proceeded to deliver more fists and then, inexplicably, an illegal knee to the head of the fully downed opponent.
Jacare’s win over Kennedy to take title vacated when Jake Shields left for the UFC featured little drama in the cage until announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. read scores from the judges. Kennedy was disappointed when the Brazilian was given the title by all three judges, but despite the lofty prize it was the least eventful bout of the televised card.
On the undercard, former US Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier won his third fight in three weeks, beating Jason Riley in 62 seconds with ground and pound. Andre Galvao beat late replacement Jorge “Macaco” Patino in the third round on what appeared to be a very quick stoppage due to ground strikes. Vinicius Magalhaes defeated Rocky Long via unanimous decision.
Elsewhere, Artenas Young beat Chad Cook by unanimous decision, Chad Robichaux won by split decision against Humberto DeLeon, Reynaldo Trujillo finished Jose Santibanez in the first round with strikes, and Adam Schindler submitted Keir Gooch in the first round with a rear naked choke.
Tim Kennedy is the most dangerous man in the world.
While Ranger Up’s ad campaign might capitalize on his background in a light-hearted manner, Kennedy has more than earned the right to that label.
After all, in addition to destroying his enemies inside the cage, the Strikeforce middleweight contender spent several years of his mixed martial arts career also conquering a much deadlier battlefield as a Green Beret in the United States Army.
“Every second that I’m working as a SF operator (I’m) 100 percent focused,” Kennedy told Joe Rizzo and Jeremy Fullerton on Rear Naked Choke Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network. “That doesn’t change when I come to MMA. The environment is different. The end result is different – thank god that nobody is going to be dying on Saturday night. But I still approach this with total focus, total discipline and prepared to go.”
Kennedy’s professional fighting career is almost nine years old, but his full-time military duties prevented him from achieving greater recognition and getting the really big fights, until now.
MMA fans got their first real glimpse of Kennedy’s talent in the now-defunct IFL, where he picked up wins over Dante Rivera, Ryan McGivern and Elias Rivera. Following more than a year away from the sport brought on by his military commitments, Kennedy roared back onto the scene with a set of victories on Strikeforce’s Challengers series, which ultimately led to his promotion to the organization’s bigger events.
He made the most of the opportunity, submitting Trevor Prangley in the first round of their bout at “Strikeforce: Los Angeles” in June. The win put Kennedy near the top of the list of contenders in Strikeforce’s 185-pound division.
Following the defection of then Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields to the UFC, Strikeforce considered a number of options to crown a new champ and finally settled on a matchup pitting Kennedy against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the vacant belt.
“I’m disappointed not to be fighting a defending, legitimate champion,” Kennedy said of the letdown at not getting to face his former Pit teammate for the title. “But, at the same time, I’m fighting Jacare and that’s going to be an exciting fight. I’m fighting for the championship. Everything considered, this really is the best case scenario.”
Kennedy and Souza will square off at “Strikeforce: Houston” on Aug. 21. While the title is important to him, the bigger thrill for the former soldier is the challenge of fighting a skilled opponent.
“I fight for me,” Kennedy said on the show. “I don’t care about the championship, the venue, the promotion. All I care about is the guy. I’m just excited to be fighting a really good guy.
“(Souza) just knows I’m going to be bringing a five round fight to him,” Kennedy added. “I hope he’s prepared.”
Kennedy will definitely come prepared.
The three-time Army Combatives champion started training in mixed martial arts long before entering the service. His roots lie in San Luis Obispo, where he trained at The Pit alongside Chuck Liddell and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields.
These days however, Kennedy is branching out. He still trains at The Pit, but it’s just one stop on a tour of camps that also includes visits to Greg Jackson’s in Albuquerque and the Competitive Training Center in Kennedy’s current hometown of Austin, Texas.
“That’s really what you have to do in MMA right now,” Kennedy said. “Get out there and get with other guys from other schools that are training. Every school has the things that they’re good at. You got to get out there and get that – that thing, whatever that is, from that school. Greg (Jackson) is really good at a whole bunch of stuff. Everybody at The Pit is really good at a whole bunch of stuff.”
“Now I’m just trying to go out there and steal all the best things to make myself a better fighter.”
And what was the best thing he stole?
“I’m going to use it Saturday night,” Kennedy claims.
Apparently, the most dangerous man in the world now has a secret weapon.