Strikeforce ends tonight on a bittersweet note that will be tinged with some exciting violence, but to Tim Kennedy, it’s just another night in the cage before he makes the jump to the UFC. Yep, our resident chef is headed to the Octagon, which may make for some exciting, 8-sided dishes the next time Tim steps into the kitchen, but for now, Mr. Kennedy has some stern words for Strikeforce, the matchmakers, and his fellow fighters who have opted out of fighting… In some cases. You see, to Tim, fighters fight. That’s why it’s been so frustrating for him to only fight twice in the last year and a half, and he hopped on MMAWeekly Radio to make his voice heard.
“I have no idea how they work,” “Sean Shelby and Joe Silva, I’m sure they have a method and a process to it, but sometimes I think they just s*** in one hand, and they have this big dry erase board with all these names on it, and they just throw poo on one dude’s name and then the other name they like highlight it and circle it and draw happy faces and like little golden stars.”
“I don’t know why Strikeforce would go out and say, ‘Hey, all these guys are going to be on this card,’ and then a week later all these guys aren’t on the card,” “From Luke Rockhold to Gilbert Melendez to Masvidal, it’s like all the marquee guys that you know are going over to the UFC are conveniently injured.”
“I’m going over there (to the UFC) but I don’t care. I’m still going to go out and fight, I’m going to fight a risky fight against a guy that’s dangerous that nobody knows on the last Strikeforce card. If you’re a fighter, act like a fighter and go out and fight, and stop acting like a little p—- and go out and fight.”
“Bottom line, it comes down to if you’re a fighter you should fight. You shouldn’t be poising yourself to leap to start the next segment of your career in a different promotion. Your loyalty has to lie with who is taking care of you. Strikeforce has taken care of me. I could have easily been like, ‘Oh, my vagina hurts too. I’m not going to fight,’ and then just get on a February card because I was miraculously healed.”
“I’m not. I’m going to go out and fight cause that’s what I think people should do.”
It’s going to get pretty interesting with the Strikeforce invasion of the UFC in 2013…