Tim Kennedy has not fought since September 2014, but based on his resume he wants to be talked about in the UFC middleweight title picture after his upcoming fight at UFC 205, or he thinks he will just leave for good.
Kennedy is set to fight former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans at the Madison Square Garden event for the latter’s middleweight debut. The way Kennedy sees it, the top of the division is all screwed up, and given that Michael Bisping is the reigning champion, he thinks he deserves to be a top contender for the belt.
“I’m gonna go fight Rashad, I’m gonna beat him in a very, very clear decisive fashion, and Michael Bisping, he has not wanted to utter my name for the past year,” Kennedy told Submission Radio (transcription via FloCombat). “He’s been winning, and he might be calling out 47-year-old men that he has losses to, but who he’s not mentioning, is me — the guy that beat him up for 25 minutes.”
Kennedy defeated Bisping at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale in April 2014.
“So, if he wants to stand there and really be a champion, stop calling out dudes that have been retired for a few years, stop calling out a 47-year-old man. Why don’t you fight a guy that beat the brakes off of you and on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden is going to make a huge statement in the division.
“There’s a really good chance that after this fight you’ll never see me again — well, in the Octagon. I’m just getting started in my work outside of the Octagon, where you’re going to probably see me a lot more. But after Nov. 12, when I beat Rashad, if whoever the matchmaker is going to be in December for the middleweight division, if they’re not talking about me being in the mix, about me as a potential match up against Michael Bisping for the title, then what’s the point?
“If I’m not going to be in the mix for a title shot at this point in my career, where I have a win over the champion — what am I, like six and one in the last seven fights, with ‘knockout of the night,’ ‘fight of the night,’ and my only loss was a super dumb controversial decision, I think we’ve got a lot of other things to do.”