Guy, come on. Get your shit together. It's page 3 and no gif....
'Fair fighter' Kennedy won't attack Bisping's bad eye
“Anybody that's ever seen me fight knows that that is idiotic,” Kennedy said. “I think I'm one of the cleanest fighters ever and in my 20-plus fights I think I've had one or two accidental groin shots, never an eye poke. I don't think I've ever grabbed the fence, never grabbed shorts or kneed a downed opponent and I've never spat on a corner.”
When asked if he would target Bisping's eye, which has kept 'The Count' out of action for nearly a year due to a detached retina, Kennedy stated firmly that although he was well aware of the advantage it would bring him he wanted a clean win.
“I won't try to attack his eye. I was asked if I'm a clean fighter and that's what I am. I understand that we have a window of opportunity to end the fight and that window shrinks. If he's injured I don't want to affect the rest of his life for our fight. I'm there to win a fight and I'm there to win fairly by knockout or submission.”
Kennedy, who is Staff Sergeant in the Texas Army National Guard, was also quick to explain why he believes the war of words against Bisping will have a negative affect on the number five ranked middleweight.
“Hopefully I'm pushing his buttons,” he explained to UFC insider Ariel Helwani. “An emotional fighter isn't a good fighter but that's not why I'm doing it. I'm doing it because he's easy to make fun of and he's a jerk. I've got a lot of respect for him as a fighter but some of the shenanigans he's pulled in the past are worthy to be made fun of.”
Tim Kennedy slams Michael Bisping for calling him 'queer,' brands 'The Count' a dirty jerk
Kennedy spoke about his feud with the British combatant, relishing the opportunity in one of the biggest fights of his career (via The MMA Hour):
"I'm fortunate. One, he's a really good fighter, he's ranked above me, he's a longtime UFC marquee perennial contender, and I don't like him. It's my dream come true. It's a great fight, I couldn't be more excited."
The MMA Hour's own Ariel Helwani played a clip of Michael Bisping on the show a few weeks back, where Bisping unloads on Kennedy for his participation in the Ranger Up promos, and when the American supported Jorge Rivera against Bisping in Australia, too.
Unfortunately, Bisping accused Kennedy of "dressing like a woman and acting like a queer," and those types of comments can definitely be avoided:
"Ironically, just a couple of days ago my wife told me I should never ever dress up like a girl because I make a hideous woman. I never wanted to say this before ... Michael Bisping might be right about something ... that I should not dress up as a woman. Queer? Is that a negative ... is he insulting me with that? I don't know what that homophobic comment has to do with anything."
Still, Kennedy remains unapologetic, calling Bisping a "jerk."
"I am an owner of Ranger Up. So, Ranger Up are the ones that produced it, so absolutely. We produced the videos. As you know, the UFC expects us to promote our fights. Jorge was one of our athletes and we were helping him promote his fight -- just like we're doing with my fight right now. I legitimately don't like Michael Bisping, so it's easy to do, making videos making fun of him because I enjoy it. He's a jerk."
Kennedy doesn't know the former TUF guy outside of the cage, since they've never rubbed elbows or had conversations before. With the all controversy that has surrounded Bisping in the past, Kennedy isn't surprised his opponent carries around the tag of someone who isn't professional inside the cage, but he adds more weight by saying "The Count" is as dirty as they come:
"The only think I know about him is how he fights .... He always eye gouges, he always kicks to the groin, he always grabs shorts, he always grabs the cage, he always lifts his arm on the top of the cage. You know, it's like, not habitually, but he does ... always. Like every fight, he does it. He's a dirty fighter. How can anybody contest that?"
Bisping: I deserve title shot with good win over Kennedy
Michael Bisping recently appeared on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “It’s Time” show with Bruce Buffer. Bisping, who fights Tim Kennedy on April 16 at “The Ultimate Fighter Nations” finale, says that a win should give him a title shot.
“I think it certainly puts me right up there at the top of the list," said Bisping as transcribed by Sherdog. "Obviously Vitor … I’m not sure what’s going on with the Nevada commission, but I think Vitor’s out for a little while, so forget about him. Obviously Machida is fighting for the belt and then after that, who is there? I think Jacare’s got an injury as well at the moment.
"As I said, I’ve won seven of my last nine. I’ve been a perennial top-10 fighter ever since I was in the middleweight division. I bring a lot of excitement to the division. I think if I put on a good performance, I think I certainly deserve a title shot. It’s up to the UFC whether or not I’m worthy. I’ll certainly be pleading my case, but who knows? Maybe after Tim Kennedy, maybe one more win, but I certainly think I’m up there."
"The way the situation is at the moment, Anderson Silva’s out for a while, Vitor’s out for a while, Machida’s fighting for the belt. Once [Machida and champion Chris Weidman] settle that, I think there may be a possibility for me to get my title shot.”
*Vitor's head kick KO must have done some permanent damage to Bisping's memory. Am I mistaken or has Bisping actually only won 6 of his last 9 fights.