Strikeforce announced on Friday afternoon that a middleweight battle between Tim Kennedy and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos will headline their Strikeforce Challengers Series event on September 25th inside the SpiritBank Event Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“I think we’re both pretty explosive fighters and we both show up to fight. We both like to throw some big bombs so it’s a good match-up,” said the 29-year-old Kennedy.
Kennedy is currently riding a two-fight winning streak, including his submission (ahem, due to strikes) win over Nick Thompson in his debut for the San Jose-based company at “Strikeforce: Villasenor vs. Cyborg” this past June.
Cyborg is coming off a disappointing showing against Villasenor that night, one in which he states he wasn’t completely healthy and ready for after sitting the sidelines for nearly nine months.
“I was just a little bit out of rhythm and was coming off an injury so my training was not 100 percent,” explained Cyborg of his split decision loss. “This is not an excuse. It’s just something natural that all athletes go through when they stop fighting for a long period of time.
“I believe I will be able to do the opposite this time from the Villasenor fight where we stood up and punched each other. I think I will finally be able to show my Jiu-Jitsu game and surprise a lot of people.”
Tickets for the event, priced from $25, go on sale Monday, August 10 at 10 a.m. CT and will be available for purchase at the SpiritBank Event Center box office as well as Strikeforce.com and Ticketmaster.com.