Tim Kennedy is making his return to the Octagon after over two years away, and he says his return fight will probably result in no financial gain at all after he gets done with all the expenses involved.
Kennedy is set to fight former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans at UFC 205 where the latter will be making his middleweight debut. He says he is only back fighting because the opportunity was too good to pass up, and if he does not get into the title picture as a result, he cannot think of any other fight that will bring him back to the Octagon after.
“After Nov. 12, if they’re not saying, ‘your next fight is against Michael Bisping,’ who I smashed, then I don’t know. I can’t even imagine the fight that would bring me back in again,” Kennedy told ESPN.
“It took Madison Square Garden, on the biggest fight card in MMA history, against a former light heavyweight champion, perennial contender, coming to a new weight class, in a state they just legalized MMA for the first time, for me to come back – with the potential of, ‘win here, move into title contention.’ If it took that much to get me back here in the first place, it sure as hell will take a big, shiny belt for me to stay.”
Kennedy is getting a bigger payday than before, which of course bumped up his taxes, but after everything is all said and done, Kennedy does not expect any profit anyway.
“They actually had a tax attorney contact us to say, ‘just wanted to warn you guys, here’s some tax documents you need to start filling out.’ I rented a house in Albuquerque. I’m paying $5,000 medicals. I’m paying coaches, management, gym fees, recovery costs, cryotherapy…
“We have to get extra rooms in New York. You know how much a room in New York is – how much a flight to New York is? [Donald Cerrone] is going to be flying Greg Jackson out, I’m going to fly out Brandon Gibson. We’re trying to, economically between the two of us, absorb the financial impact from the aspect of New York.
“I’ll probably be a wash for this fight camp in money. Think about that for a minute.”