Tim Kennedy has only one real concern ahead of his Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale main event fight with Michael Bisping: putting on a show.
The two will meet in Canada on April 16, and Kennedy is worried that Bisping might not bring it.
“Bisping’s health concerns me and if he’s going to actually fight me that night,” said Kennedy, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “I have 25 minutes to put on a show. We’re the main event.
“I really want to give people what they expect, which is a good fight. But Bisping has to play along and fight.”
Kennedy was referring to recent eye issues that have kept Bisping on the sidelines. The military veteran has picked up three straight wins since a 2012 loss to Luke Rockhold for the Strikeforce title.
Last November, in front of his fellow military veterans, Kennedy did put on a show, finishing Rafael Natal in the first round.
“I’m there to win fairly,” he said, “by knockout or submission.”
Ever-aware of his surroundings, Kennedy doesn’t believe that all the pre-fight trash talk between himself and Bisping will hurt him heading into the bout. The two have engaged in several lengthy Twitter wars over the recent weeks.
“An emotional fighter isn’t a good fighter,” Kennedy admitted. “But I’m doing it because I think he’s easy to make fun of. He’s a jerk.”
A few more screenshots for the upcoming “EA Sports: UFC” video game have been released, including Nate Diaz and Dan Henderson.
The video game for Xbox and Playstation 4 is scheduled for a release this spring and will feature many of the top names in the UFC today. There is also reports of a surprise person being included in the game and available in several weight classes.
Check out the in-game screenshots and quick bios on Diaz, Henderson, Josh Thomson, Fabricio Werdum and Dominick Cruz.
Winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 5, and one half of the fan-favorite Diaz brothers, Nate Diaz made his professional fighting debut in the WEC at the age of 19. With a dominant ground game and top-tier boxing in his arsenal, Diaz not only finished all four of his TUF 5 bouts, but has since gone on to earn nine of his last 13 wins by submission. Most recently showcasing his standup with a Knockout of the Night win over Gray Maynard at The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale, Diaz will be looking repeat his bonus-winning performance the next time he steps back into the Octagon.
A true MMA legend, Dan “Hendo” Henderson, has squared off against the best-of-best in a pro career that dates all the way back to 1997 and is still going strong today. With 14 wins by KO/TKO it’s safe to say that Hendo has some of the heaviest hands in the UFC while also boasting one of the best chins. A fan-favorite who holds winning records in the UFC, PRIDE and Strikeforce, Henderson most recently got himself back into the win column with a Fight of the Night comeback-performance in his rematch with fellow legend, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
One of the biggest threats currently throwing down in the UFC’s Heavyweight division, Fabricio Werdum is a true MMA veteran and boasts a professional career that dates all the way back to 2002. Riding a three-fight win streak since returning to the UFC in February of 2012, Werdum has most recently showcased his versatile skill-set with a KO win over Mike Russow followed by a submission victory over Minotauro Nogueira. Werdum ranks among the top five Heavyweights in the UFC.
A true MMA veteran, Josh “The Punk” Thomson’s professional fighting career dates all the way back to 2001. Boasting a well-rounded skillset and strong ground game, Thomson has earned finishes in 14 of his 20 career victories, with eight coming via submission and another six by way of knockout. Making his original Octagon debut back in 2003 at UFC 44, Thomson went on to spend time as the Strikeforce Lightweight Champion before making his return to the UFC in April of 2013 with a Knockout of the Night performance over Nate Diaz.
The UFC’s first-ever Bantamweight Champion, Dominick Cruz represents one of the division’s most talented fighters, logging only a single loss in his professional career to rival Urijah Faber. An elusive fighter that deploys a mixture of boxing and wrestling inside the Octagon, Cruz also owned the WEC Bantamweight belt prior to becoming a champion in the UFC. Despite never losing his title during competition, Cruz has been plagued by a series of injuries that have kept him sidelined since 2011, eventually causing him to vacate his UFC title. Currently working his way back to 100%, Cruz will be looking to make his return to MMA in the near future.
Gina Carano confirmed all those rumors and hints that she might be coming back to MMA.
Carano appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show” Thursday night and revealed that she is not only considering a return to MMA, but has a meeting scheduled next week with UFC president Dana White.
“I love it,” said Carano, of fighting. “It’s something I can do that makes everything else disappear. I dream about it. I just didn’t know if I would get the opportunity to make a comeback.
“Either I will (make a comeback) now or retire. Now is the moment.”
The 31-year-old Carano (7-1) left the sport following a 2009 loss to Cris “Cyborg” Justino in Strikeforce. White recently revealed that there are still fights left on her contract that Zuffa purchased in the sale of Strikeforce a few years back.
“I’m actually considering (a return),” Carano said. “I’m sitting down with (White) next week. There is not a workout I go through that I am not fighting someone in my mind.”
Carano has launched herself into movies since leaving MMA, starring in such films as “Haywire,” “In the Blood,” and “Fast and Furious 6.”
UFC announcer Joe Rogan hinted at a possible “mega” female MMA match being announced soon, and most believed it involved Carano and UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The rumor mill only continued to turn when White revealed the promotion holds Carano’s fighting future in their hands.
Rousey has set a return to action for later this year, as she is also filming several movie roles.
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will be back in action soon – just not inside the Octagon.
Instead, movie fans can catch GSP as Batroc in the latest installment of “Captain America: The Winter Solider.”
Courtesy of Marvel, check out a clip of St-Pierre doing battle with his most useful weapons – his hands and feet – in the video below.
The film premiers in North America Friday.
“UFC Tonight” co-host Kenny Florian feels like there is one super women’s MMA match that can be made right now.
Gina Carano vs. Ronda Rousey.
Reports of the two females squaring off have been circulating for quite some time now, and UFC president Dana White even threw some coal on the fire when he stated the promotion still holds the MMA contract of Carano’s dating back to her Strikeforce career.
Both are featured in several major-motion pictures, but Carano left the fighting world and has situated herself in Hollywood full time over the past few years.
Meanwhile, Rousey has propelled herself to the No. 1 spot and a position of power within the UFC.
“Both women are capitalizing on the success (of the other),” Florian said. “Rousey-Carano is the biggest women’s MMA fight you could make….period.”
Carano, 31 years old, has not fought since 2009 when she was finished by Cris Cyborg in Strikeforce. Prior to that, she had won each of her first seven professional bouts, including wins over Rosi Sexton, Julie Kedzie and Kaitlin Young.
Rousey’s been perfect in her career, topping the likes of Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate and Sarah Kaufman.