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Tim Kennedy & Mayhem Miller Want Fights

Strikeforce may have survived a contract renegotiation with Showtime after it’s top stars left last year, but the once emerging promotion has just been puttering along ever since.

It’s a fact that hasn’t been lost on Dana White. He believes he can turn it around if and when he convinces Showtime to give him full control over it.

He later addressed his goals to improve the Strikeforce brand saying, “why not the UFC’s level? If you talk to anybody they will tell you that Gilbert Melendez is one of the best fighters in the world. There’s a ton of guys. Now you got Rockhold over there. Yes, these guys are great. I just want to do things that I want to do things over there. We’ll see what happens. You guys know how I am. If I take this Strikeforce thing then I will dive into this thing 100% because I have so much free time. [laughter] I’m looking for a side project. Honestly, I will dive into this thing and I will make it right and I will make it good. I will make the fighters who fight over there not worry about what’s going on in the UFC.”

Well, one Strikeforce fighter who would probably love to see Dana get his hands on it is Tim Kennedy. He told MiddleEasy recently that he’s sick and tired of waiting around for fights.

I’m getting real sick of this MMA scene right now. Waiting around for fights and the politics between Strikeforce and Showtime and the UFC and Zuffa. I’m just kind of getting over it, man. I miss the simplicity of life as a soldier. So, I don’t know. I don’t know what I want to do. I have some extreme survival and athlete type shows possibly going and, so, I don’t know, man, I don’t know. It’s going to be a curious year. I haven’t fought in… months. Now it will be a year before my next fight. A year lay off, and not by choice. I was out two weeks with an injury in a twelve month time frame? It’s shenanigans. If my job is to fight and I only get a fight once every twelve months I can’t afford to keep fighting. I gotta do something else, I have to figure it out.

Kennedy has grown so discouraged over the situation that he’s actually thinking about retiring. He’s expected to fight Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold next and says that even if he were to beat Rockhold, he would probably call it a career after that unless he were to be offered a big fight in the UFC. Yeah, so much for all the Strikeforce fighters being pumped about staying in Strikeforce.

Tim Kennedy isn’t the only middleweight looking for a fight. Jason “Mayhem” Miller, fresh off one of the more disappointing performances of his career at the TUF 14 Finale, wants to get back in action as well.

Mayhem’s problem is quite different than Kennedy’s dilemma though. He’s in the UFC where there are plenty of cards to fight on, but the problem is Dana White was so disappointed in his performance against Michael Bisping he was actually thinking about letting him go.

On The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani yesterday, Miller said that he was given a “nod” that he would be given another chance, but they haven’t offered him another fight as of yet. To fix that, he implored fans to bomb Dana White’s Twitter feed with requests to give him a fight.

“You guys tweet Dana that you want to see me fight,” Miller said. “I want to fight as soon as possible. So the more pressure that anybody who wants to see me fight, the more pressure they put on the brass, well, guess what? I’ll fight sooner.”

“Whenever — I’ll fight next weekend,” Miller said. “I’m sick of sitting on the couch,” he said. “I’m a fighter. I need to fight.”

Fighters need to fight. Hopefully both Kennedy and Mayhem gets fights sooner than later.

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

  • Bill Schumer

    I would rather see Mayhem fight later than sooner…

  • warriordave927

    I know strikeforce needs fighters but I’d really like to see kennedy move to the ufc,it seems unfair that fighters have to sit on the shelf if they’re ready and willing to fight for qhat ever reason strikeforce chooses not to use them

  • i like sexy time

    Get rid of miller please hes crap!

  • Justin Finstad

    Come on. Miller blew one fight to one of the best fighters in the world. Miller has been in some amazing fights with top talent. What about  his five round jiu jitsu war with shields. I wanna see him fight another jiu jitsu master like Schafer.

  • Mitchtiz

    Look not much can be said to excuse Mayhem from himself and his last weak performance against Bisping but cmon Bisping is a top level MW fighter.  Miller probably was trying to land a power punch too much and simply looked like he wanted to only stand n trade with Michael.  He didnt succeed with that plan at all and looked really bad striking but did get a takedown and mount position.  He is a better fighter than he showed and deserves another chance based on merit and his fame with fans.  He should get a middle of the pack matchup and Joe Silva could even give him a really tough fight if somebody gets hurt and he needs a MW to step in on short notice = a possible chance to get rid of Mayhem.  I want to see him fight again and win this time showing where he really stands with skill level and ability to perform on that top level.  He has skills people just are not wanting to admit it or give him that much credit from one bad showing when he was coming back to the UFC after earning two title shots in two promotions Dream &  Strikeforce. He did look good against Shields and his two fights with Jacare were decent.  Rematches with either guy would be good and since Shields is coming off a poor showing and a worst latest performance in my mind by getting rocked and totally KTFO’d by Ellenberger it would align perferctly for the rematch Miller wanted in Strikeforce against Shields.  Now both guys are in UFC and coming off of losses were their opponents made them look horrible.  Let em both fight and the winner should stay but question is do fans want to see that fight or do they think Shields is too much or too high for Miller now >?  I say give him a fight cuz Joe Silva probably has someone in Mind already just a matter of fans demanding it and we will see him back in action hopefully.  I feel he deserves atleast two fights cuz he has a large following, promotes fights with the best of em, and he can fight people just have forgot or simply only watched him fight in Bully Beatdown.  He is a exciting fighter who will make people laugh, yell hoot & holler when he scraps just give him a chance damnitt !!

    • Guest

      If Dana wants to really punish him he should send him back to Strikeforce to kill two birds with one stone by giving someone like Tim Kenneddy a fight to keep active and get some fanfare for a possible shot at Rockholds belt.  It would set up some needed attention to that division and Strikeforce period, while also giving Rockhold another tough challenger who can boost his cred, fans, resume , and promotion for a title fight way more than Keith Jardine could do.  Also would add depth to that class giving both Mayhem &  Kenneddy some matchups while their is still Jacare for Rockhold. The loser would be a good chance for a unkown fighter or prospect to earn a name from fighting either guy or a gatekeeper like Lawler would benefit from a name guy like Miller being back there for future fights.  Not just Miller but anybody who loses two in a row or looks bad could be a great addition for Strikeforce and the improving youngsters there to finally have some additions to their divisions for tests and anticipated promoted events that will gain media attention and talk, praise, and most importantly fan’s interest to watch and see Showtime & strikeforce !!

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