When the towers fell on 9/11, Tim Kennedy left his relatively cushy life of MMA training to sign up for a greater good. He entered the special forces and became a decorated sniper, earning multiple awards. In 2009 he made his full-time return to MMA, challenged for the Strikeforce middleweight title, and then became a top-ranked UFC contender. He hasn’t fought since the infamous “stoolgate” incident against Yoel Romero in 2014, but Kennedy hasn’t stayed out of the public eye.
So, you hold wins over two current UFC champions right now.
Is there anyone in the UFC that can say that?
Maybe? I don’t know. But you see that and it’s been almost two years since you fought…
Are you going to come back?
Soon? On a big card?
Yes, it will. I don’t think you’ll get a bigger card than the one I’m gonna be on.
Well, UFC 200 is only a month away, but 202 with Diaz/McGregor and Madison Square Garden is coming in November, so maybe we’ll see you on one of those. Getting right to it — now that Bisping’s champ, how do you feel?
When Robbie won the title, Robbie gave me a fight, for 15 minutes I had to work to beat him up. Even though I won all three rounds, a 30-27 fight card, he blasted me with an uppercut that left me pretty bloody for the rest of the fight. I think broke records for the number of takedowns scored in a fight, the number of position advantages taken in a fight, and the number of strikes landed comparatively in a fight, a middleweight fight. And that’s to the now champion, so that kind of baffles me. Especially when Mike and I fought, there was a lot of sincere trash talking. It wasn’t promoting, it wasn’t self-promoting, it wasn’t trying to do Dana White a favor trying to build a fight, we did not like each other. We don’t like each other. We have found some common ground regarding some other steroid users, we grew up and fought in the peak of our career when everybody was using steroids except me and probably Michael. So, I’m just baffled now that a guy that I effortlessly beat, both of us being clean athletes, is now the champ.