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Tim Kennedy Offers to Fight Michael Bisping for the Good of Mankind

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(Guess if they’re gonna let *somebody* fight Bisping, it might as well be somebody we like.)

When last we heard from Tim Kennedy, he’d just completed the MMA equivalent of sinking a two-foot putt by choking out Melvin Manhoef in Strikeforce, then went public with his lament that he hadn’t been the one to administer an in-home eye exam to Osama bin Laden. Y’all know we’ve always liked Kennedy. Seems like a super cool dude and admittedly there’s something fascinating about a guy whose typical day might just as easily include either choking out a Dutch-Surinamese kickboxer or smoking the world’s top terrorist. Give or take.

It’s exactly that admiration that led us to be a bit disappointed this week when we heard about Kennedy offering to fight Michael Bisping over at MMA Weekly. Calling out Bisping is one of the more played-out moves a well-known middleweight can make, after all. When we saw Kennedy saying it, we assumed it was just another case of a guy trying to make his bones off Bisping’s inflated reputation and general overratedness. Truthfully, there probably is some of that at work here. But then we started digging into Kennedy’s quotes and realized that A) He’s offering to fight “The Count” basically for free (PR bump notwithstanding) and B) He seems driven to do it out of moral obligation, more than anything else. As far as we’re concerned that – as long as he’s not just bullshitting us – is pretty cool.

Kennedy, it turns out, is still kind of pissed about Bisping’s tainted win over friend and Ranger-Up stablemate Jorge Rivera back at UFC 127. He and the Brit have already had words about it on Twitter – yawn – and now that Chael Sonnen has been remanded to purgatory for his all-around untrustworthiness, Kennedy is offering to take his place in any sort of athletic endeavor against Bisping. Preferably one that involves punching him in the face.

“I haven’t lost sight of where I am and who I’m looking at realistically in Strikeforce,” Kenneday says. “I knew that Chael (Sonnen) was going to be in a bad position, and if Chael and Bisping are kind of the No. 1 and 2 guys, and Chael is out, I’ll fight the No. 2 guy in a heartbeat. I know they don’t have anybody lined up for him, so I’ll step up to the plate.”

Now, all that seems like standard boilerplate call-out material, but then Kennedy launches into a stirring indictment of the illegal knee Bisping landed en route to his victory over Rivera and essentially makes the case that he’ll fight the former “TUF” winner to strike a blow for the powers of good and decency against cheaters, liars, swindlers, hustlers, backbiters and evil-doers everywhere.

“I don’t like trash talking, but I hate people that don’t fight fair,” he says. “I hate cheaters. I hate people that use steroids. I hate people that hide their urine samples. I hate people that grease their bodies. I hate people that manipulate judges. I hate it all. Just go out there and fight. It disrespects everything this sport is about …

“He walks away with a win, a TKO, from blasting the dude in the face, illegally. Just drives me insane, like it’s the worse (sic) thing that can happen in the sport. As a fellow athlete, I think somebody has to hold him responsible for that … If the promotion won’t do it, let’s let the other athletes do it.”

In our minds eye, we imagine Kennedy delivering these words from the back of a truck on a makeshift airfield, surrounded by a ragtag band of misfits, as smoke swirls around him and some emotive music plays in the background. You know, like Bill Pullman in Independence Day. Unfortunately, it probably didn’t go down that way, but that doesn’t stop Kennedy from saying if he got to fight Bisping, he’d donate his entire purse to charity.

“Without a moment’s hesitation,” he says. “I love fighting, I love this sport, I love the competition of fighting, and I’m still a military guy through and through. I don’t fight for the money. So my fight purse I would give to a military-based non-profit. I have some in mind. I’m waiting for this fight to happen before I said who it was, but they already know who it would be.”

So, in summation, does calling out Michael Bisping make you look like a guy who’s looking for a winnable fight that will further your career? Yeah, it does. But if you’re absolutely 100 percent committed to calling out Michael Bisping, we guess, this is the way to do it.

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O Chan- May 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm
Am I the only who wants to see Kennedy Vs. Stann? I mean that's got America written all over? It's so Patriotic its going to spew patriotism all over the stands.
MMA_Hole- May 21, 2011 at 3:13 am
@Chokeu2: Everything you just said is complete bullshit. Literally everything. I don't expect you to 'get it' though.
SnackDaddy- May 21, 2011 at 2:22 am
Hey Chokeu, why are most military guys such douchebags?
chokeu2- May 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm
Kennedy doesn't need to get noticed. He fights for the sake of fighting. I don't expect many of you to "get it" because most of you aren't military guys. But the reality is that he has far more notoriety and respect in the military world, than he will ever need in the MMA world. And as an Army vet myself, it is safe to say, that he is more military than MMA. That's his home, MMA is his hobby. So if you want to believe he'll lose, good on ya; but to say that he's doing it just to get noticed, you could not be more incorrect.
MMA_Hole- May 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm
Another biased anti-Bisping rant from Cage Potato. Weak.

Kennedy is just trying to get noticed now he's a small fish in a big pond. Realistically, the guy lost to Jacare in a standup fight. Imagine what Bisping would do to him.
Clyde- May 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm
@ hooligun: Think you're being a bit harsh there. Is it not possible that Tim really does just hate Bisping and wants to kick his ass for that reason? I think it is.

@EFB: They wanted to do that tournament, but even if all the fights ended in the first round, they couldn't fit it in one night.
SnackDaddy- May 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm
So another no name fighter wants to make a name for himself by challenging Bisping. Well i hope he suffers the same fate as the guy before him. I like Bisping. I think he's an extremely underrated fighter. Bring on Silva!
DARKHORSE06- May 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm
I love Tim Kennedy and I hope he drop kicks Bisbing's limey ass all the way back to the East End.
knucklesamitch- May 20, 2011 at 10:54 am
SumDumGuy- May 20, 2011 at 10:53 am
Point of order: wasn't there a Cagepotato ban (TM) on "I'll fight him for free". How come this asshole gets pass?
Stak40- May 20, 2011 at 10:52 am
I hate Bisping as much as everybody else but he aint losing to Kennedy. If Kennedy did happen to trip and KO Bisping, he better hope he gets deployed because he stands absolutely no chance against Silva.
noizy- May 20, 2011 at 10:14 am
Tired of Bisping trying to be an upstanding citizen. Just feed him to Anderson Silva so he crawl back into the hole he came out of.
KidDinomite- May 20, 2011 at 10:00 am
RIP Macho Man Randy Savage...
Anhonestmoose- May 20, 2011 at 9:42 am
Is he going to donate his sponsor money too? 'Cause I hear that's where all the real money comes from.
BONGTAR- May 20, 2011 at 9:38 am
I like Kennedy, but this is lame. It would a boring lay and ghey affair, not excited.
just some dong- May 20, 2011 at 9:36 am
I'd rather see Stann fight him. He sweats just a little more red, white and blue. And BTW Kennedy, Bisping was penalized by the UFC.
rogerw- May 20, 2011 at 9:35 am
If this fight happens I hope the first thing Bisping does is kick Kennedy in the nuts and laugh at him. Fuck fair play.
Pen Fifteen- May 20, 2011 at 9:27 am
I'm with hooligun. When someone says "I'd fight that guy for free," what they really mean is "I'd take a cheap shot at him in public and act outraged when everyone separates us." No one would go through an 8-week training camp to fight someone for free when people are paying to watch them fight. The only reason people say shit like that is because people are gullible enough to believe it.
El Famous Burrito- May 20, 2011 at 9:26 am
Why can't we do an old school one-night tournament where Bisping has to fight everyone that's ever called him out, or he's called out, culminating in Wanderlei murdering him in a Pride ring on July 4th?
hooligun- May 20, 2011 at 9:21 am
tim kennedy is full of shit, the only reason he wants this fight is cos Bisping is a far bigger name than he is.
the rest is a crock of horse shit - believe me.
rlh61- May 20, 2011 at 9:21 am
Fried...that's a European Shoulder Bag...not a purse. And he said it was a gift.
Fried Taco- May 20, 2011 at 9:17 am
And if Bisping were a man, he'd donate his purse to charity as well. And by his purse, I mean that pink sparkly handbag he's always carrying around.