Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy in the Works to Headline TUF Nations Finale

January 19, 2014
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Michael Bisping at UFC on Fox 2The UFC is targeting a main event between Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy for the TUF Nations Finale, according to reports during the weekend.

The middleweight bout will headline a card expected to take place at a yet-to-be determined venue in Canada on April 16. Fox Sports first reported news of the pairing. MMAWeekly.com sources later confirmed that the fighters have verbally agreed to the bout.

The match-up, according to the report, is dependent on Bisping (24-5) recovering from an injury that put him out of action late in 2013. The British fighter has been sidelined with a detached retina since last October, when he was pulled from a scheduled fight with Mark Munoz.

Kennedy (17-4) has been vocal about wanting to face Bisping upon the injured fighter’s return. From tweets tagging Bisping to on-record interviews, Kennedy has done all but force the fighter into signing a contract in an effort to make the fight happen.

UFC officials are yet to announce the Bisping-Kennedy fight, and had no comment when contacted by MMAWeekly.com on Sunday.

Bisping has been one of the most sought-after opponents in the middleweight division, if not the UFC. Most recently, Luke Rockhold called out “The Count,” following the former Strikeforce middleweight champ’s win at UFC Fight Night 35.

“A lot of people are calling him out, but Bisping went on national TV and told everybody he’s the unofficial Strikeforce champion,” Rockhold said earlier this week. “He calls it a joke … but I say he’s got bad taste and he needs to pay for it.”

But if the UFC’s plan works out, Rockhold will have to wait to get what he wants, and Kennedy will get to welcome Bisping back to the Octagon.

MMAWeekly.com will have more news on the middleweight match-up as more information becomes available.

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  • Tim

    Bisping backs out of any fight with a man he knows will dish out another big loss. The truth is, hes a very average level fighter. Not top ten in any divison

    • John

      I have not heard of one fight that he has backed out of that was not due to injury. Id say Kennedy is the underdog in this fight and he is more of an average level fighter in the ufc then Bisping. General consensus would be that Bisping is top ten and probably top five.

      • TheCerealKiller

        Bisping has never beaten a legit top ten fighter. Stann is his only win in the top ten, which he never earned that ranking. Bisping is a joke of a top ten ranking. He doesn’t have a win over ANY ranked fighter!

        • deepgrim

          yeah will really tim kennedy hasnt beating a legit top ten either, and alot of people think that bispling beat chael who was the top contender at the time. havent said that i think kennedy beats bispling

          • TheCerealKiller

            No, a lot of people don’t think he beat Chael.

          • deepgrim

            i saw alot of people comment on the internet after that fight that bispling was screwed over, and off course chael said to bispling i think you might have got the nod, so it was certainly very close. 1st time i watched the fight i thought chael had it, second time i was leaning to bispling

          • $9244763

            wasn’t even a split decision

          • BOXINGisNOTfighting

            ….,,We have all male parties here at my trailer during every MMA event , if interested please contact my realfighterfan handle … we supply the lube and we do not use condoms at my parties.

          • TheCerealKiller

            We heard you. It’s not funny. How old are you?

          • $9244763

            Biggest rip off decisions in UFC history are
            GSP over Hendricks
            Machida over Shogun 1
            Bisping over Hamill

            ALL 3 of these fights were one-sided beatdowns

          • deepgrim

            didnt see bispling and hamill but the top 2 were ridiclulas. just saying i saw alot of people at the time that thought bispling won – they could have been chael haters but it was a close enough fight, but was saying to cereal killer that kennedys list of wins arent top 10 either- but i think kennedy will have a good year

          • $9244763

            You need to find Hamil vs Bisping on u-tube. Dana white flew in 2 CORRUPT judges from Vegasto Britain (cecil peoples) who also screwed Shogun in the first Machida fight is widely known for being on the take. Anyway the ONLY British judge in the Bisping/Hamill fight scored it 30-27 Hamill which is the correct score. First 2 rounds easily could have been 10-8 rounds for Hamill. Hamill put abeating on Bisping. UFC was trying to make Bisping their poster boy over there at that time and thats why they flew in their own judges who knew what the plan was. UFC PAID these judges all expense paid trip to london . Only obvious the entire decision was made ahead of time. You could tell Bisping was in on the “FIX” because he ran away the entire fight and knew all he had to do was keep from getting KO’d and he would be given the decision. funny part was that hamill chased after Bisping and beat the tar out of him anyway. That fight was a one-sided beatdown from start to finish. At no point did Bisping win even 30 seconds of that fight

          • deepgrim

            do you know any links for it? cant find it mate

          • put me in the sauna coach

            That’s the first fight in the UFC I ever felt was fixed. The reason being not only the obvious horrible decision…but Dana White’s reaction to it. Normally in awful decisions White flips out on the judging. But this time he made some response like “i was really surprised at the reaction from the fans over the decision…I thought it was a good close fight” I have no idea if Dana White has the power to bring in judges/pay em or whatever but that one was a disgrace.

          • BOXINGisNOTfighting

            ,,,,We have all male parties here at my trailer during every MMA event , if interested please contact my realfighterfan handle … we supply the lube and we do not use condoms at my parties.

          • put me in the sauna coach

            The Bisping Hamill one was the worst I’ve ever seen. The other one no one remembers was Nam Pham destroying Garcia all 3 rounds in their first fight …the 2 of the judges were either paid off or filled out their score cards before the fight happened. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/534931-nam-phan-vs-leonard-garcia-worst-judging-ever-in-the-ufc

          • BOXINGisNOTfighting

            …We have all male parties here at my trailer during every MMA event , if interested please contact my realfighterfan handle … we supply the lube and we do not use condoms at my parties.

          • deepgrim

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVSdqIB6Ob4 this is chael after the fight, it was close

          • $9244763

            Sonnen was trying to be Bisping’s buddy throughout the lead up and after the fight because Bisping was CRYING non-stop about Sonnen and his TRT usage.

          • BOXINGisNOTfighting

            We have all male parties here at my trailer during every MMA event , if interested please contact my realfighterfan handle … we supply the lube and we do not use condoms at my parties….

          • $9244763

            Bisping didn’t beat Sonnen. All he did the entire fight was runa way and use the fence to get up after getting taken down 10 times.

            Saying Bisping bea tSonnen is about as accurate as saying Condit beat Hendricks after Condit got taken down 13 times and was hammered by countless devastating shots throughout the fight.

          • put me in the sauna coach

            exactly..1st round Bisping was taken down twice and Chael landed more shots. 2nd round was the close one.. And third round Bisping was on his back for all but 30 seconds of the round. You cannot complain about judging when you are on your back for the entire round as what Bisping described as a “close fight”. He lost..on all 3 judges scorecards.

          • BOXINGisNOTfighting

            We have all male parties here at my trailer during every MMA event , if interested please contact my realfighterfan handle … we supply the lube and we do not use condoms at my parties.

    • $9244763

      Tim you hit the nail on the head yet again. Sorry an up vote wasn’t enough. Well said

      Bisping backed out against Boetsch 12 hours after Stann tore his shoulder and was scheduled to fight Lombard (on the same card) so Bisping knowing that Lombard had been begging the UFC to fight Bisping so he got out as fast as possible. Lombard despises Bisping and would have taken his head off like what he did to Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

    • BOXINGisNOTfighting

      Tim you are one fool.

  • 185 Division is stacked

    He was a legit top five guy till the division got all that new talent now he sits somewhere tween 7-10 in the most stacked division in the ufc this weight class is sick with talent… Want to michida vs weidman

  • metoo

    I wanna see tim vs yoel.

  • tyrone

    Bisping gonna be put to sleep

  • solo

    Well, i feel Bisping needs an impressive performance in his next bout. Whoever he faces next. His last two fights were’nt that good. Even though one of them is that win against Belcher. I personally wanna see him vs Rockhold cause of all those things he said. But this one vs Tim would be exciting to see also. So lets hope he recovers and everything works out.

    MW Division is so stacked, and it will be even more when Te Huna comes down, and maybe even Shogun.

    So many great match-ups we can see…

    • Colonel Cockring

      Only reason Douche-bing beat Belcher, was because Belcher was belching the entire fight instead of throwing punches. Liked when he burped his A,B,C’s though..

  • Guest

    Bisping is not a top 10 fighter now. I wish he fights Luke so he can eat those words he said him being unofficial Strikeforce champion.

    • $9244763

      Mark my words the UFC will never let Rockhold beat up Bisping.

      • BOXINGisNOTfighting

        Mark my words I am a super MMA fan and know more than all of you.

  • King Of The Spread

    Bisping has never beaten a top ten opponent? How can he be too good for anyone!?

  • claudale

    Seems like the perfect matchup for Bisping. No one has had more help in padding their UFC record. And I doubt anyone will ever have as many UFC fights as Bisping without fighting for the title (it was very obvious he didn’t want anything to do with Anderson Silva)

    Why don’t they give him someone like Machita?

    • put me in the sauna coach

      Interesting fight…I think machida would win a pretty non eventful match. The dragon is a better point fighter should be able to pick him apart.

    • $9244763

      UFC will continue to pad Bispings record and keep him out of dangerous fights like Rockhold. Perfect match up for Bisping is another back peddler like kennedy. Bisping will land a few pillow fisted jabs and Kennedy will attempt a few takedowns and Bisping will be awarded a boring a’ss 3 round snoozefest

      • BOXINGisNOTfighting

        Actually I am a huge GSP fan

        • Guest

          GSP is a coward for refusing a mandatory rematch against Hendricks and everyone knows why because he got his a’ss kicked by Hendricks

          • BOXINGisNOTfighting

            ….Hey bro, I see you had to change your name ..sorry to hear that .. I guess you are not really much of a true MMA fan and it appears your knowledge level is not quite as high as you thought. I see you are a coward too , hiding behind your keyboard. I hope your next trailer park MMA men only party is a good one … make sure you have your MMA lube ready ! You are one douche!

  • put me in the sauna coach

    This is def a Bisping type match…He’ll always be good enough to beat guys on the lower end of the top 10. Just not good enough to beat the contenders.

  • John Bunch

    Why not make this fight on the 4th of July? The American soldier vs the British scion…I’m sure you could sell this fight to the masses as the final Tea Party finger in the eye of those British oppressors. We Americans love to feel like underdogs even though we haven’t been one in 70 years.

  • tim

    bisping has been a guy that traded his chance to earn a shot at a title for nursing his overly inflated ego. this is largely due to the ufc using him as a ticket salesman for the uk market. they have him thinking of himself as a uk chael, but hes a poor imitation of chael and a poor ambassador of mma in my opinion. but a great example of a self diluted egomaniac. if the uk had another fighter the ufc had any faith in they would likely have him on a very short rope. he might be good for belator

    • $9244763

      Bisping is one of the dirtiest fighters in MMA. Intentional EYE POKER and his cheat shot knee to Rivera was pure scumbag

      • BOXINGisNOTfighting

        Actually I am just plain dirty .. trailer is a mess here.

  • JDMMA

    Bisping doesn’t deserve a shot at title even if he beats Tim Kennedy 10 times !!! he needs to fight Machida, Jackare or even Munoz

  • $9244763

    Biggest joke in MMA right now is the UFC having Bisping ranked 5th.

    Weidman

    Belfort

    Jacare

    Machida

    Mousasi

    Rockhold

    Munoz (who Bisping backed out of fighting already)

    Yoel Romero (UFC will never let it happen but Yoel would smash Bisping

    I also think Thales Leitus would beat Bisping

    The UFC knows EVERYONE would rather watch Rockhold smash Bisping but as usual they will give him an easier fight with Kennedy

    Bisping is and will remain the most overrated fighter in all MMA. At least Bisping finally admitted Hamill kicked his a’ss

    • BOXINGisNOTfighting

      I must admit though… GSP would have beaten them all easily.

      • Guest

        RYAN STAHL PATHETIC CHILD MOLESTER OUT OF CANADA

        • BOXINGisNOTfighting

          Hey bro, I see you had to change your name ..sorry to hear that .. I guess you are not really much of a true MMA fan and it appears your knowledge level is not quite as high as you thought. I see you are a coward too , hiding behind your keyboard. I hope your next trailer park MMA men only party is a good one … make sure you have your MMA lube ready ! You are one douche!

        • BOXINGisNOTfighting

          I will find you and beat the crap out of you … with one hand you loser.

  • Colonel Cockring

    Bisbing is a friggin disposable douche… Heard he was recently caught jerking off to a picture of Queen Elizabeth ..

  • metoo

    Bisping vs luke and tim vs yoel. Sounds good to me