“You know, I’ve never proactively created rivalries. They just seem to happen organically, which is great for the fans, because it generates interest to see the fight and it also helps to motivate me in training. It’s not something I go out and choose to engage in, but sometimes people rub me the wrong way, and I’m sure I rub them the wrong way, as well. Things just tend to evolve like that.”
“Regarding Tim Kennedy, I’ve never met him, never spoken to him once, don’t have any problem with him whatsoever-well, I do now-I had no problem with him at all. Then he starts calling me out on Twitter, calling me all the names under the sun, saying I’m a dirty fighter, yada yada yada. This is obviously in between mentioning that he was in the army every two seconds. So between telling us all how many people he’s killed with his rifle, he’s managed to squeeze in what an asshole I was.
First off, I was like, ‘Who the Hell is Tim Kennedy?’ Honestly, and I’m not trying to be funny, I didn’t know who he was. He carried on so much that I looked him up, and then realized he’s just a guy trying to get ahead in the fight game. Good for him, everybody is trying to do that. Of course he’d jump on the old bandwagon and call me out.”
“Honestly, Tim Kennedy is beneath me as a fighter 100%, but if you make enough noise about it, eventually, I’m going to have to shut him up. Now, he’s getting his own way, even though he’s not somebody I would choose to fight at this point in my career. I want to punch him in the face so bad that I’m going to do it in the Octagon professionally, and if you look at the trend of these people calling me out, it never really ends well for them. Tim Kennedy, if you’ve got a set of balls, call Dana White and ask for the fight, and I’ll see you in the Octagon. Then you can shut the f*ck up, once and for all.”
“I want to fight for the title in 2014. That’s my real focus, but Tim Kennedy has been going on so much that I’ll put that off to one side. That guy has been at it non-stop, and enough is enough. Either I whip his ass in the Octagon, or I’ll end up having to be held responsible for my actions if I see him in the street. Fighting and beating Tim Kennedy isn’t going to get me closer to a title shot, but on the flip side, since I’m currently taking some time to rehab my eye, it will be a nice little comeback match, because I really do believe I can beat Tim Kennedy while standing on my head. I’ll still train accordingly, pick up a nice payday…it’s a win-win.
He does take the opportunity to get personal, and there’s not going to be any fun and games on my part. When we get in the Octagon, I’m not going to be messing around. He’s bitten off way more than he can chew, and it’s as simple as that. I get that he wants to get ahead, Hell, I applaud him for it, but cut out the personal bullshit. Enough is enough. If you really want the fight, call the UFC. I’m game and will be ready to go in March. Let’s do it.”
“The advantage of doing a TUF season, certainly at the end of it, people would finally know who he was. Right now, a lot of people don’t. I know to the average person, 17,000 followers is a lot, but for a UFC mainstay guy, that’s not a lot. Maybe if we did a season of TUF, we could expose him for being the douchebag that he is.”
(24-5) has a tendency to get on folks’ nerves including a number of his 185-pound peers who ultimately end up wanting to get their hands on him. In that vein, the Brit’s rivalry with UFC middleweight Michael Bisping Tim Kennedy (17-4) has been heating up lately in direct relation to the increasing frequency of trash-talk being exchanged. Recently, “The Count” spoke to Bloody Elbow about a clash with Kennedy, admitting he’d love to shut the former Strikeforce star up in the cage (or on the street if necessary) while also addressing a number of other subjects relating to potential pairing. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)