Tim Kennedy believes a fight with Lyoto Machida makes sense for both men.
Kennedy (18-5) had his four-fight win streak snapped by Yoel Romero this past September and has remained on the sidelines since. Machida, meanwhile, is coming off a loss to Luke Rockhold.
Appearing on a recent edition of Submission Radio, Kennedy clarified what he meant by asking for a “loser-leaves-town” bout with Machida.
“I was just making fun of him, talking crap,” he said. “I think as I said, man we’re both crusty old farts. You know we’ve both been fighting for so long that at this point of this career I think if both of us had another loss, is there any realistic chance that we’d be fighting for a title? If I don’t have hopes of fighting for a title, then what’s the point of me fighting? I’m not going to be that guy that’s just holding on for another fight for another pay check.
“I want to be fighting the best guys in the world, and you know Lyoto’s still one of those guys.”
Kennedy scored wins over Michael Bisping, Rafael Natal, Roger Gracie and Trevor Smith between 2013-14 before falling to Romero. He’s fought for the Strikeforce title twice, losing a decision to Rockhold in 2012 and a decision to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in 2010.
In Machida, he would be facing his second former or current UFC champion, as Kennedy bested welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler back in 2011.
I have so many advantages over him that I’m not sure I can even list them,” he said of Machida. “First and foremost, I don’t ingest urine. You know I think my ability to consume other fluids is first and foremost paramount in the match up. So the toxins that are going to be leaving my penis, I’m not going to put back down my throat. So that’s major.
“And second is, I think Karate’s dead. So he may be good at a whole bunch of things and Karate is also one of them, but karate is not what made him successful. He’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu, he has fantastic wrestling, he has great kickboxing, but he can still walk out with his Karate gi, he can try to front kick me – that’d be cool – what else? I’m trying to think of other things. I have better hair. “