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Melvin Manhoef Returns to Strikeforce on March 5 Against Tim Kennedy

Tim Kennedy was supposed to fight Luke Rockhold at Strikeforce “Columbus” on March 5, but it looks like there’s been a change of plans. According to MMA Junkie, Kennedy will take on Melvin Manhoef instead.

A few days after Strikeforce officials announced that middleweight matchup, ( has learned Kennedy (12-3 MMA, 3-1 SF) instead will fight Melvin Manhoef (24-8-1 MMA, 0-1 SF) at next month’s show.

The bout is expected to be part of the Showtime-televised main card of “Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson,” which takes place March 5 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The reason for the change was not immediately known. However, sources said bout agreements are in the process of being finalized, though they’re currently not signed.

It’s rather odd Strikeforce would announce the fight one week and change it the next. Perhaps Luke Rockhold was injured? I don’t know, but I’m not complaining. This just went from a fight I couldn’t care less about to a fight I’m actually looking forward to.

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

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