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Tim Kennedy, Joey Villasenor Not Offered Strikeforce Fight; Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro Possible for April

Strikeforce middleweights Tim Kennedy and Joey Villasenor, originally reported by MMA Weekly to have agreed to an April bout, are in talks with promotion for their next fights, but have yet to be officially offered a matchup.

Strikeforce has announced it’s plans through March, with Strikeforce Chalenngers 6, headlined by Trevor Prangley vs. Karl Amoussou, scheduled for February 26 in San Jose, California, and Strikeforce Challengers 7 slated for March 26 in Fresno, but has yet to formally announce its April cards.

The promotion’s return to CBS is currently expected to take place on April 24, which sets it up for a head-to-head showdown with World Extreme Cagefighting’s pay-per-view debut with “WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber“.

Early reports and rumors point to a second Strikeforce card in April which would air on Showtime and potentially feature the debut of lightweight Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, who told MMAjunkie this week that he’s likely to fight in April after signing with Strikeforce in September and being scratched from two previous events.

Kennedy (11-2) has won three-straight dating back to late-2007, including a second-round submission of Zak Cummings in his most-recent fight in September, while Villasenor (27-6), who signed a four-fight deal with Strikeforce last month, is on a four-fight win streak that includes a split decision over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos last June.

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