TUF Nations Finale Results: Tim Kennedy Decisions Michael Bisping in Main Event

April 16, 2014
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Tim Kennedy Troops Octagon-478x270Tim Kennedy outlasted Michael Bisping to win a unanimous decision in the main event at the TUF: Nations Finale on Wednesday in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Kennedy said he was looking to finish Bisping in the fight, but couldn’t find the right opportunity to land the knockout or secure the submission that would grant him the stoppage. Instead, judges saw the contest in Kennedy’s favor with scores of 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45.

“I hit Mike with my best shots,” Kennedy said in his post-fight interview. “Things weren’t clicking, so my hats off to him as an opponent. I just have great respect for him. I got a long way to go. I’m still getting better with every fight … I’m just going to keep getting better.”

Soon after the opening bell, Kennedy shot in for a takedown and worked to accomplish maneuver against the cage. Bisping fended off the takedown, but Kennedy eventually secured the fight to the ground. Kennedy suffocated his opponent from top position, controlling the fight with his grappling efforts through the end of the round.

The second round began with both athletes fighting conservatively and with little offense. Kennedy landed two punches in a clinch and later a slapping head kick, but didn’t apply the same pressure to secure the takedowns he was scoring in the previous round. Bisping was able to land more strike combinations than his opponent for the remainder of the time period.

Kennedy opened up the third round with a overhand right and single-leg takedown. From top position, Kennedy worked from half guard to side control to full mount, all while filling gaps with strikes. Bisping worked to escape from bottom, but Kennedy’s grappling game proved too strong as the round’s time expired.

Much like the second round, Bisping fended off Kennedy’s takedowns in an effort to keep the fight standing in the fourth frame. Bisping peppered Kennedy against the cage in moments when he was able to measure his distance. Kennedy, however, countered with looping power shots, connecting on two occasions and forcing Bisping to backpedal. Each fighter went to their corners with blood dripping from their noses.

Kennedy secured a trip takedown a minute into the final round, and smothered Bisping to control the pace of the fight. As he was largely inactive while in top position, the referee told Kennedy to stand and forced the fight to the feet, where both fighters traded strikes for the remainder of the fight.

With the win, Kennedy improves to 18-4 and 3-0 in the UFC.

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  • Usmc8408

    Ben Askren did a good job against Bisping tonight. 😉

    • Kennedy supporter

      Hey how many marines are undefeated in the ufc?

      • RobUSMC

        What’s the Army’s record on the Battlefield? Oh…that’s right. Marines had to bail the Army out in both Afghan and Iraq. Battlefield record > cage record.

        • fsuoles10

          ummm last time i check the marines werent doing so hot over there, i have multiple buddies who have recently been deployed in the marines so please dont come back with nothing you just pulled out your ass. marjah anyone? fullijah anyone? the marines are over there doing the exact same thing as the rest of the military so stfu with your dumb marines are the greatest thing cuz we all know its bullshit. also you brag like you have done something knowing damn well you’re a boot, stfu dude.

    • put me in the sauna coach

      Bisping’s face looks like like he did a real good job.

  • fsunoles10

    i was impressed by kennedy once again, been saying it for weeks that i thought kennedy would take it. i did find myself getting frustrated with his striking at times, he did land a few good ones on bisping though and bisping ate em so credit to bisping for that. nobody has ever been able to control bisping on the ground that well, i think kennedy is here to stay boys and will only get better.

    • put me in the sauna coach

      He’s disappointed cause he wanted the finish but I was impressed…the strikes landed was probably fairly even but Tim’s punches were more damaging. Bisping’s head has snapping back on most of the exchanges while Tim seemed to walk right through Bisping’s punches. And on the ground it was a grappling clinic put on by Kennedy while Michael was just trying to survive on the ground. The Count showed heart…but he was clearly outclassed.

  • Baller31

    Kennedy was much bigger and stronger than Bisping, which is why he was able to control him so well. They looked like fighters from different weight classes. Maybe Bisping should drop to 170

    • earlsimmons

      Maybe bisping should quit he is horrible.

      • Baller31

        Dumb statement. I’m not a Bisping fan but he is one of the top middleweights, he just happened to get GSP’d by Kennedy.

        • fsunoles10

          gsp’ed? bisping was out of rhythm standing as well dude, cant remember last time i seen gsp catch an opponent with that many hard hooks. there was a few instances where bispings legs kinda buckled after getting popped.

    • put me in the sauna coach

      that’d be a tough cut for him…he’s pretty lean at 185.