A big part of the problem Kennedy has experienced falls on the shoulders of Strikeforce, who put on less shows per year than other promotions like the UFC or Bellator, and thus fighters don’t get to compete as often. Add to that two cancelled shows to close out 2012, and Kennedy was as frustrated as any fighter on the roster could possibly be.
“I’m a business owner. I have employees and there’s been transitional periods where we’re moving from one warehouse to another, or we’re maybe being bought out by another company, but regardless, I’m going to take care of my employees. I think your first obligation as an employer is to the people that work for you,” Kennedy explained when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio.
“Fighting one time in a year is ridiculous. Especially because the reason I left active duty service was to fight. I love special forces, I love everything about being a sniper, I love jumping out of airplanes, I love wearing a green beret, and I love being surrounded by a bunch of bad asses. I left what I loved so I could fight, and since I left I’ve fought like two times.”
The disappointment abounded for Kennedy after Strikeforce announced the line-up for the final card in their existence and it consisted of three title fights plus heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier leading the way. Within weeks, however, the card was whittled down to one title fight and Cormier, with a slew of other fighters dropping off due to injury.
Kennedy doesn’t want to point the finger and say that somebody wasn’t legitimately hurt, but he believes it’s awfully suspicious that name after name fell by the wayside and now they are looking at a future in the UFC without ever finishing business for Strikeforce.
“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 (Jorge) Masvidal, it’s like all the marquee guys that you know are going over to the UFC are conveniently injured,” said Kennedy.
“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 (expletive) and go out and fight.”