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Michael Bisping: I Want to Punch Tim Kennedy in the Face, So I Might As Well Get Paid for It

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UFC middleweight Michael Bisping has never been short on words for potential opponents. His most recent verbal opponent is Tim Kennedy. The two have traded words over social media as Kennedy vies for a shot against Bisping, calling him a ‘dirty fighter’.

A win for Kennedy over Bisping would be a highly desired bump up the rankings for him and solidify a place over a tough opponent who has been at the top of the 185-pound heap for years.

In response to these allegations and a piece of his most recent retaliation, Bisping has accepted the fight at the UFC Fight Night 33 Fan Q&A:

“Here’s the thing, and the answer is very, very simple why I would event entertain a fight with Tim Kennedy. He’s had three fights in the UFC against no marks, and he didn’t even look that good in those fights. He’s been calling me out for years, and at the start I didn’t want to respond to any of his tweets because it’s giving him what he wants, he’s trying to create a buzz about himself. But he’s been going on so much, he’s really driving me up the wall, and I just really, really want to punch him in the face so I might as well get paid for it.”

Bisping has similar (and understandable) aspirations with his next UFC fight, to climb the rankings:

“In a perfect world, I want a fight that’s going to propel me toward a total fight. That’s still my dream. The middleweight division now is absolutely stacked, so probably Jacare [Souza], [Lyoto] Machida, or [Luke] Rockhold. The list is non-stop. Mark Munoz, me and him agreed to fight, so maybe there’s unfinished business there as well.”

Several of the top-tier middleweights are booked such as Ronaldo Souza, Luke Rockhold, Costa Philippou, and Francis Carmont so this fight could be one that materializes in the near-future. This would be Bisping’s first one back from an eye injury that forced him to undergo corrective surgery.