(Props: FOX Sports. As usual, feel free to mute the audio so you don’t have to listen to those dipshits.)
Tim Kennedy may have been bummed out that he didn’t get a finish against Michael Bisping last night at the TUF Nations Finale, but his unanimous decision victory officially launches him into the UFC’s middleweight title contender picture. Aside from a rather bizarre second round, where Kennedy was content to back up against the fence and get punched in the face, the American vet controlled Bisping with takedowns — securing full mount on several occasions — and even out-boxed Bisping as the fight wore on. The judges turned in scores of 49-46 x 2, and 50-45 from one judge who was either in the bathroom or asleep during round two.
You can watch highlights from the fight above, and check out full results from the event right here. Some other notes from the event…
- The Fight of the Night award went to the entertaining scrap between Dustin Poirier and Akira Corassani, which Poirier won via TKO early into round two. The two Performance of the Night bonuses went to Ryan Jimmo and KJ Noons, who both turned in savage first-round knockouts during the FOX Sports 1 Prelims. (Watch Jimmo’s here and Noons’s here.) All four fighters received $50,000.
- Kennedy wants to fight Mark Munoz next, if Munoz beats Gegard Mousasi in Berlin on May 31st, and he thinks he might have broken his hand in round one: “I’ll get an x-ray tomorrow. I kind of had to stop being a p*ssy in the second round, like, ah, my right hand really hurts… screw it, I’ll just hit him with it. So the second round was me just not being a p*ssy and just getting my sh*t together and starting hitting him again. We’ll find out tomorrow.”
- If you watched the broadcast last night, you may have noticed how empty the Colisée Pepsi looked. There was a report circulating on twitter saying the attendance in the building was just 1,200. Following the event, Dana White said the attendance was 5,029, which seems impossible, but there you go. The complete post-fight press conference is below.