Somewhere floating in the multiverse, there is a non recoverable interview with Tim Kennedy that I conducted right before the Super Bowl last February. Sadly, the laptop that had the audio file had it’s screen die, and in order to get it back, I would have to pay a lot of money. Too much. So in honor of our favorite chef taking on Robbie Lawler in Chicago, I will paraphrase a few key moments:
• Tim has been looking for a fight with Robbie Lawler for a long time now, a damn long time. This fight comes after months and months of trying to get a top tier opponent and Robbie never really wanted anything to do with Tim.
• Tim called the Packers winning the Super Bowl.
• Tim has never been knocked out, in fact he feels like he has never lost a fight.
Thats pretty much all I remember, but it is one of my greatest regrets not being able to deliver that interview, it was a good one. We talked about Star Wars.
Now, in just a few hours Tim is headed into the Strikeforce cage against a dude who has one of the highest finish percentages in MMA. Tim talked to MMAWeekly and their laptop didn’t die, so here is what he said:
“Robbie is such a talented and gifted wrestler, for me to do what I did against Melvin, which was stay on the outside, feint shots, and then actually shooting shots, scoring a takedown after the first or second try, that’s not going to work against Robbie,”
“I actually have to get in there and work for the clinch, work to close the distance, try to do damage in the clinch, try to do damage when I’m coming inside, try to make him respect my hands, so that I can actually score a takedown.”
I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a card, it’s going to be awesome.