In cage or on field, Kennedy loves to fight

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Though it took him less than four minutes to finish one of the heaviest hitters in MMA, Tim Kennedy was still a little bummed after choking out Melvin Manhoef at Strikeforce on Saturday night.

Why? He and his camp at Greg Jackson's were planning on knocking out the Dutch striker. And if anything rankles a decorated Green Beret, it's not following through on a plan once it's set in motion.

"I said I was going to knock him out and I'm a man of my word; we just never got to the part where I got to," Kennedy told ESPN.com. "I really did intend to. Melvin gets tired, and he gets tired fast, and he was breathing hard already. So the whole plan, phase one -- get Melvin tired by changing levels and constant shots. Strikers get tired, and I don't.

"The problem is, we just never got to the next phase."

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Instead, he worked to flatten Manhoef before sinking a bittersweet rear-naked choke at 3 minutes, 49 seconds in the first round. With the win Kennedy has won five of his past six fights, his lone loss during that stretch a decision to Ronaldo Souza in Houston for the vacant middleweight belt.

When asked if he would fight on the June card in Dallas, Kennedy joked that he has a problem with Texas judges, after coming up on the wrong end of a decision. But realistically, he just wants to get back to fighting -- in the cage, and with back with his company in Iraq where he was a sniper for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group -- and to expedite things, he called out free-swinging middleweight Robbie Lawler after the fight.

Why Lawler instead of the man holding the belt, Jacar