As anyone who follows Kennedy knows, the middleweight contender was extremely upset about went down at UFC 178. So much so, speculation regarding whether Kennedy would fight again was sparked.
More recently, Kennedy has said he’s not retiring, but while speaking on “The MMA Hour” he said (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I have a conflict,” Kennedy said. “My love for the sport isn’t going away. I’m just disappointed in the sport. I don’t know how to explain these mixed emotions where I’m like: every dude in my weight class is testing positive, everybody is cheating, judging still sucks, reffing still sucks.”
The 35 year-old, who had won four straight prior to facing Romero, also had this to say about what it will take to get him back in the cage.
“Has to be something special,” Kennedy said. “Fedor [Emelianenko] comes out of retirement and I fight him at a catchweight of 100 kilos. I’d be down for that.”
Recently, Thales Leites expressed an interest in fighting Kennedy, but the decorated soldier reportedly said he had no reaction to the call out.
Kennedy is currently ranked #8 in the UFC’s 185 division, while Romero is sitting at #6. The latter went on top Kennedy in September, but not until after he was badly stunned as round two wound down, and received extra time in between rounds.