Having been away from the cage for more than a year now, it seems as if Tim Kennedy is ready to make his return to the UFC.
The former Strikeforce middleweight title contender is reportedly seeking a fight with the man to come out victorious in UFC Fight Night 77’s main event — a matchup featuring Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson — Ariel Helwani announced on UFC Tonight. Belfort and Henderson — ranked fourth and 12th in the middleweights rankings, respectively — meet for the third time on Nov. 7.
Both men have long been at Kennedy’s ire, after serving as two of the sport’s most popular faces during the TRT era. A vocal opponent of performance-enhancing drugs, Kennedy often criticized TRT users (including Belfort and Henderson), often calling the treatment “legal steroids.” The controversial treatment has since been banned from the UFC.
Kennedy last fought in September 2014, facing off against the UFC’s No. 3 middleweight Yoel Romero in a bout that, once again, prompted Kennedy to criticize an aspect of the sport. Saved by the second bell, Romero was scheduled to enter the third round a nearly defeated man. Only that the Cuban fighter failed to lift himself off his stool in time for the start of the round — something many feel Romero should have been immediately disqualified for. “Soldier of God” was allowed to continue, however, knocking Kennedy out 58 seconds into the third round.
The Romero fight, coupled with his distaste for the UFC’s partnership with Reebok and some side projects, have kept Kennedy away from the sport.