“It has been a one-sided campaign of talking crap because he sucks so bad,” Kennedy told MMAjunkie. “Apparently he’s the best at it. Him and Chael Sonnen are supposedly the one’s who can talk the most smack, but obviously not because he can’t hang at all with what I’ve been doing the past six weeks.
“I’m fairly disappointed in the allure of Michael Bisping’s crap-talking. He still has a couple days, so hopefully he has an ace up his sleeve. If not, I’ll be disappointed.”
The back-and-forth between the two middleweight contenders has encompassed all forms of social media, from Twitter to Instagram to Youtube.
Both have dug into each other on a personal level, and while Kennedy thinks Bisping’s talking is a way to play mind games, the former Army Ranger said he won’t be shaken when the time comes to share the octagon with his rival.
“I fight emotionless,” Kennedy said. “When we’re in the cage, I’m going to do what I’m supposed to do. I’m sure he hopes I’m going to get a little crazy. I’m going to hit hard, always look for the takedown and always look for the submission. If he doesn’t keep his chin down, he’ll be waking up shooting a double on whoever the ref is.”
While Kennedy clearly has little respect for Bisping as a person, he admits his thoughts on “The Count” as a fighter differ greatly. Sure, Kennedy has made numerous claims that Bisping is a dirty competitor, but when it comes to his actual skills, the Greg Jackson-trained fighter holds his English foe in high regard.
“Michael Bisping is a very good fighter,” Kennedy said. “He’s been top five for like five years. Look at the guys he’s beat, the guys he’s lost to. He’s beaten really good guys, and he’s lost to just the very best.”
While many fighter conflicts in the MMA world are manufactured to raise interest, Kennedy said that’s far from the case in this situation. And regardless of how the fight plays out, he won’t look to be sharing a cold beer with Bisping anytime soon.
“I don’t ever see Michael and I being friends,” Kennedy said. “I’m just not going to be hanging out with him. We’re different people, different lives. He mocks everything about who I am as a person. All the things I stand for: serving my country, my family. These are priorities in my life as who I am. We’re never going to be friends.”