Tim Kennedy is 24 hours away from his main event fight against Rafael Natal, at UFC Fight Night 31: Fight For The Troops 3 and he already has his sights set on a future opponent.
Between training, Kennedy, took time out recently to tear in to hotly discussed contender Vitor Belfort, in a interview with Bloody Elbow. The former Green Beret did not hold back with his thoughts.
“Oh yeah, I will always want to fight that guy [Belfort]. Do I want to fight him clean? Yeah. And I mean clean with him not being on steroids and in Brazil,” he said. “He hasn’t fought in the United States in four years and there’s a reason for that. He doesn’t have an exemption because he failed an anabolic steroid test, so the athletic commissions won’t give him a TUE because he failed a previous test."
“That’s why he medically needs it, because he used anabolic steroids, and he got caught for it,” Kennedy said. “Now he needs TRT and nobody will give him that exemption because he used steroids.”
Wow. Don't hold back Tim eh?
'The Phenom's' TRT usage has been one of the hottest topics in MMA media this year, since it was discovered the fighter was taking the highly controversial treatment. Belfort was popped for doping back at Pride 32. In that fight he suffered a decision loss to Dan Henderson who he rematches next week. Henderson will also be taking the TRT in the match, though 'Hendo' is 43 and has never been busted for steroids in his career.
"It’s embarrassing to be part of the sport and have athletes that are manipulating the system like that. It’s mixed martial arts, and it’s supposed to be about integrity and character and all the things that go with being a martial artist. This is obviously a spit in the face of every martial artist out there. It’s demeaning, it’s embarrassing. It’s not good for the sport, it’s not good for him, it’s not good for the championship, and it’s not good for the promotion."
Many fans feel the UFC are protecting Belfort by keeping him fighting in his home country, this comes after Nevada State Athletic Commission head, Keith Keizer, said Belfort would unlikely be granted a TUE to fight in the U.S. Belfort has since elected to stay in Brazil where the Athletic commissions will allow his testosterone use.
Belfort came out not long ago to say he would stop taking TRT if he had to for a title shot. Saying if he had to fight at a 'disadvantage' he would. This lead to Kennedy's original mock of the Brazilian on twitter, where he wrote :
I have decided to stop using TRT for my title shot... Oh wait.... Never mind. I never cheated in the first place.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) November 1, 2013
Kennedy is a little bit too far below in the Middleweight division right now to be looking for a fight against Belfort. A win over Natal probably won't do much to help that either. But if Belfort loses again to 'Hendo' the fight could very well be a future possibility, Which could head line a card in early 2014. That I'd imagine would be a Fight Night card and most likely in Brazil.