Rockhold | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
American Kickboxing Academy prospect Luke
Rockhold has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming
middleweight clash with Tim Kennedy
Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson” due to a leg injury
sustained during training.
A source close to the fighter informed Sherdog.com Thursday
afternoon of Rockhold's injury, asserting that it would take two to
three weeks to heal. Rockhold has posted pictures of his bruised
leg and foot on Twitter.
Sherdog.com also learned Thursday from an additional source that
Strikeforce is hoping to fill the void left by Rockhold with Dutch
Manhoef. This marks the third opponent Kennedy has been
speculated to face on March 5. It is currently unknown if bout
agreements are in place for the matchup.
Kennedy was initially rumored to meet Jason “Mayhem”
Miller in a rubber match at the event, but his opponent was
officially announced as Rockhold earlier this week. A member of the
United States Army, Kennedy began his professional career in 2001,
amassing a 9-2 record before joining Strikeforce in 2009.
Since signing with the promotion, Kennedy has only been beaten
once, losing his most recent contest to Ronaldo
“Jacare” Souza in a five-round middleweight title tilt at
Strikeforce “Houston” in August. Aside from besting Miller in their
first matchup in 2003, Kennedy has also notched wins over Zak
Thompson and Trevor
The event, which will be headlined by the titular light heavyweight
title clash between champion Rafael
“Feijao” Cavalcante and Dan
Henderson, will go down at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus,
Ohio, and will coincide with the Arnold Classic.
Manhoef tweeted that he would be participating in the event on
Thursday morning, but the Dutchman did not specify an opponent. MMA
Junkie first reported the Kennedy-Manhoef bout this afternoon.