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Tim Kennedy vs. 'Cyborg' Santos to Headline Strikeforce: Challengers Card

Tim Kennedy will return to action against Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos on September 25 at the SpiritBank Event Center in Tulsa, OK. The middleweight fight will headline the next Strikeforce: Challengers card on Showtime. Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz confirmed the news with FanHouse on Friday.

Kennedy (10-2) made his Strikeforce debut in June, defeating Nick Thompson via submission. Santos (27-6) also made his Strikeforce debut on the same Challengers card, but lost to Joey Villasenor via split decision. The fight was his first in close to nine months.

"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 matchup," the 29-year-old Kennedy said via press release.

Santos added that he is hoping to erase the memory of his disappointing Strikeforce debut.

"I was just a little bit out of rhythm and was coming off an injury so my training was not 100 percent," he said."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," said Cyborg. "I think I will finally be able to show my Jiu-Jitsu game and surprise a lot of people."

Kennedy recently accepted an offer to serve in the Texas National Guard after spending six years in The United States Army, the last three as a sniper in the Seventh Special Forces Group.

"The military is my life," Kennedy said. "I am going to serve as long as they'll let me. I'd love to retire in uniform."

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