Strikeforce's Strikeforce Nov. 3 bill continues to develop, as Tim Kennedy now meets Trevor Smith in a middleweight contest at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced the news Thursday afternoon via Twitter. The Zuffa-owned promotion's Nov. 3 offering airs on Showtime and was supposed to be headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir prior to Mir withdrawing from the bout due to injury. Cormier will stay on the card, according to promotion officials, who are currently securing a replacement opponent for the American Kickboxing Academy standout.

The show will also see another AKA product in Luke Rockhold defend his middleweight title against former light heavyweight Lorenz Larkin. Additionally, top female talents Liz Carmouche and Sara McMann will clash in a 135-pound affair.

Kennedy has tried twice in vain to capture Strikeforce's 185-pound crown, first competing with Ronaldo Souza for the vacant title in 2010 and then challenging new champion Luke Rockhold this past July. Despite suffering those two championship losses, Kennedy, 33, has won six of his last eight bouts. The former U.S. Army Green Beret owns 12 of his 14 career wins by either knockout or submission and holds notable victories over Robbie Lawler, Jason Miller and Melvin Manoef, among others.

Beaten just twice in 12 pro outings, Smith has won six of his last seven fights, with his lone loss in that span coming via technical knockout to former heavyweight Gian Villante. Previously competing at 205 pounds, Smith made the cut to middleweight on June 16, submitting Alexandre Moreno with a guillotine choke under the Battle Xtreme Championship banner. The win marked the ninth career submission victory for “Hot Sauce,” who earned back-to-back wins over Keith Berry and T.J. Cook to start his Strikeforce career before losing to Villante.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Jon Jones Injury Update: UFC Star Reportedly May Face 6-Month Medical Suspension

  • 28 days ago
  • 69 views

MMA fighter Jon Jones is reportedly facing a possible six-month medical suspension and needs an X-ray on his left foot. According to MMAFighting.com, Jones was one of 10 fighters who received potenti read news >>

Robert Whittaker Sends Message to All Middleweights Out There

  • 27 days ago
  • 15 views

Rising UFC middleweight Robert Whittaker has a message for all middleweights; you're on his list of potential opponents. read news >>

UFC 198 Free Fight: Cris Cyborg Topples Gina Carano

  • 25 days ago
  • 86 views

Cris "Cyborg" Justino won the first ever Strikeforce women's featherweight championship in convincing fashion by taking out Gina Carano back in 2009. read news >>

Friday Fight Update: Vick, Sasaki get fights

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

On May 8, the UFC will travel to Rotterdam for its first show in the Netherlands, and while there are no fights in the Octagon this weekend, there are plenty of updates for upcoming shows, starting w read news >>

UFC and Bellator Veteran Lavar Johnson Sentenced to Five Years for Domestic Violence

  • 24 days ago
  • 93 views

Former UFC, Bellator, and Strikeforce fighter Lavar Johnson was sentenced on Friday to five years in prison for domestic violence. read news >>