As fans know, Tim Kennedy took to his Twitter account following his round one knockout of Rafael Natal last week, and called out fellow middleweight and number four ranked fighter, Michael Bisping.
As Kennedy is known for both his sense of humor and humility, he combined the two in his tweeted challenge to “The Count”, by stating that he felt he hadn’t earned “a shot at any of the top guys” and that resultantly, the UFC should give him a lesser fighter as his next opponent; “someone like Bisping”.
As Michael Bisping is one of the best trash talkers in the sport and has never been one to shy away from responding to smack talk, the Count has stayed true to form and fired back at Tim Kennedy.
Via a video, as broadcast on AXS TV Fights , the British fighter has accepted the American’s challenge.
In his statement, Bisping said that he’s tired of Kennedy calling him out and that he’s not the least big intimidate by him. He also made note of the fact that he’s been in the UFC for eight years and “kicking ***”, while Kennedy was still shining shoes in the military. However and to the point, what Michael specially said regarding a bout between the two, was the following:
“Tim if you want to fight you know where to find me. Call the UFC if you’re man enough and let’s get it on.”
Of course, to all of this Kennedy laughed and made note of the fact that he’s only been in the UFC for six month, and he’s in the “same position as (Bisping) is.” Kennedy went on further, to reiterate his claims that the count is a dirty fighter.
Assuming the fight will now happen, a match between the two becomes a question of Bisping’s health and specifically his detached retina. If that’s healed up, then the logical choice would be for the promotion to match the pair for the London show in March.
Regardless of when it happens, fans will probably take to this match and view it as a good pairing. Tim looked great in his last fight, as he demonstrated generalship in the ring and true power against his opponent. However, Tim should not take Bisping lightly and the Count hasn’t survived in the UFC for eight years by accident. He is a very good technical fighter and where he has yet to prove that he has any power, he has proven that he can easily out point opponents. Further, Michael has become progressively difficult to takedown, has a very solid Jiu Jitsu game and is very good at getting back to his feet. In a word, he's a solid fighter.
A match between the two is one that most fans would probably see Kennedy winning. However, Tim would be foolish to look past Bisping or to take him lightly. That could be a recipe for disaster and a stumbling block to his advancement up the ranks.