Tim Kennedy is a fighting man. Always has been, always will be.
While Kennedy is currently recovering from surgery, he talked with Submission Radio about his most recent fight – a controversial loss to Yoel Romero.
Kennedy appeared to have the fight in hand, but Romero survived a late second round flurry. He came out in the third and finished Kennedy, but only after being given extra time to recover between rounds due to excess vaseline on his body.
Now that it’s been two-plus months, has Kennedy gotten over the whole ordeal? Not a chance.
“Nah I’m still pissed off, you know. At the sport, at the ref, but most importantly at myself. You know I made a huge mental error in that fight. I thought the fight was over a few different times. I thought I knocked him out when John (McCarthy) pulled me off him. And then after I knocked him out I’m sitting there on the stool, trying to figure out what’s going on. You know my corner’s celebrating, the fans are celebrating, I’m like ‘yeah it’s done, cool,'” Kennedy said. “I’m watching him telling John and his corner ‘no mas, no mas’ you know like ‘I’m done, no more, no more.’ And then me standing up when the bell sounds and walking over there and John telling me ‘Nope it’s done. Go back to your corner.’ So again I start celebrating. I’m like ‘whoa, yeah’ and then I turn around and we’re supposed to be fighting. You know, I had left the ring before that third round and I had left the ring when the third round didn’t start. When I was supposed to win. Which is a big error on my part. I should have stayed in there – evidently – obviously till I guess, I don’t know when.
“So I’m really disappointed at the sport, I’m really disappointed in John, I’m really disappointed in myself. So I’m gonna keep hunting. You know I got five more weeks of hunting season. I’m still training. I’m still doing two or three workouts a day when I’m not up in the mountains, but I’m not there yet.”
The loss snapped a four-fight win streak for Kennedy (18-5), and was his first defeat inside the Octagon. He had picked up wins over Roger Gracie, Rafael Natal and Michael Bisping upon coming over from Strikeforce in 2013.
Along with disappointment in himself over the Romero fight, Kennedy also voiced his displeasure with the Nevada Athletic Commission.