Video: UFC’s Michael Bisping on why he quit ignoring Tim Kennedy


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

After initially deciding he’s simply ignore fellow middleweight Tim Kennedy, UFC vet Michael Bisping said he finally had a reason to quit ignoring him and why he’d fight him: “I just really, really want to punch him in the face.”

Bisping, the featured guest at a Q&A session this past week ahead of UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia, talked about the duo’s feud and why he’d be willing to fight him once he returns from a detached retina that threatened his career.

Bisping (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) is ranked No. 5 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, and Kennedy (17-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is No. 15. So why is Bisping willing to fight him?

“Here’s the thing, and the answer is very, very simple why I would even entertain a fight with Tim Kennedy,” Bisping said. “Listen, he’s had two fights in the UFC against no marks, and he didn’t even look that good in those fights. And he’s been calling me out for years, OK?

“At the start, I didn’t want to respond to any of his tweets and things like that because it’s giving him what he wants. He’s trying to create a buzz, to create a bit of hype about himself.”

And though he wanted to fight someone higher ranked to help his title hopes, Bisping ultimately changed his mind.

“He’s been going on that much,” he said. “He’s really driving me up the wall, to keep it polite for the children in the room. I just really, really want to punch him in the face. So I might as well get paid for it. … I might as well call the UFC, beat him up, and get paid.”

Bisping, whose career nearly came to an end because of the eye injury, recently got clearance to resume training. He recently told MMAjunkie he’s planning to return to the cage in March or April, though a March 8 UFC European Tour stop in London likely will be too soon, the English fighter said.

Check out his full Q&A session above.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 24 days ago
  • 52 views

"The Count" also believes Lyoto Machida will dethrone Chris Weidman this weekend (Sat., July 5, 2014) at UFC 175 to capture the middleweight title. Following his unanimous decision loss to Tim Kennedy at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale this past April, Michael Bisping wasted no time in asking for another fight. The British banger got what he wanted, as he was pegged to face former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le in the main event of UFC Fight Night 48, which goes down insi more

  • 3 days ago
  • 141 views

And when "The Count" disposes of Cung Le, he's ready to silence the Strikeforce import. Michael Bisping: Fighter, mixed martial arts (MMA) analyst ... life coach? "The Count" was a recent guest on UFC Tonight, and had some career advice for Luke Rockhold, who is currently waiting for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to find him an opponent. In the interim, he can probably help his own cause by ditching his teenage friends. Says Bisping: "When Luke Rockhold is done making a douche bag out of more

  • 3 days ago
  • 80 views

Michael Bisping aims to get back into the win column next month when he takes on Cung Le at UFC Fight Night 48, and if he does so successfully, he may already have another opponent waiting in the wings. Bisping and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold have long traded barbs over social media, and the Brit couldn't help but throw in his two cents when asked about Rockhold on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight. "When Luke Rockhold is done making a douchebag out of himself hanging more

  • 3 days ago
  • 31 views

Although Michael Bisping is slated to face Cung Le in his 21st bout with the company at UFC Fight Night 48 in August, it seems obvious that "The Count" has another middleweight star in his cross hairs. On Wednesday's episode of UFC Tonight, and as transcribed by MMA Mania's Jesse Holland, the UFC's eighth-ranked middleweight, said the following regarding the fifth-ranked Luke Rockhold. When Luke Rockhold is done making a douche bag out of himself, hanging out at pool parties with teenagers, if h more

  • 2 days ago
  • 20 views

Michael Bisping's career has been a pretty interesting one when you really look at it. He was a trailblazer in the UFC for fighters from the U.K., a winner of The Ultimate Fighter when that still meant something and a guy who spent the better part of a decade being reasonably considered as a fringe title contender. Say what one will about the quality of his opponents (largely mediocre) or his likeability (limited to most), but he did something few men will do: stuck around in the UFC long enough more

  • 2 days ago
  • 15 views

If Michael Bisping had rabbit ears, they'd have been burning on Friday afternoon.Just before weigh-ins, Cung Le, who is facing Bisping in the main event on Aug. 23 in Macau, and Luke Rockhold who has had no love for Bisping since Rockhold has been one of Bisping's favorite verbal targets of late, were talking to UFC Fight Club members and questions and answers usually ended up the same way."I can't wait to kick Michael Bisping's face in Aug. 23 in Macau," said Le."He's just like Frank Shamrock, more

  • 13 days ago
  • 47 views

How do you know when a friend or training partner has a problem? Sometimes you don't, until they get exposed by a mutual acquaintance. Or in this case, by a coach, as Greg Jackson has revealed Tim Kennedy's shocking obsession with ballet dancing teddy bears -- upward of 100 or more -- forcing UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to react. Surprisingly, "Bones" doesn't seem all that shocked by the revelation. Well, if anything, we at least know how Kennedy got so good at hugging. Be afraid, Y more

  • 29 days ago
  • 129 views

Watch highlights of Cub Swanson defeating Jeremy Stephens in the main event of UFC Fight Night 44 last night (Sat., June 28, 2014) at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. more

  • 29 days ago
  • 46 views

Watch highlights from the Ricardo Lamas vs. Hacran Dias fight at UFC Fight Night San Antonio, which took place on Saturday, June 28, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. more