Tim Kennedy needs a new opponent for UFC Fight Night For The Troops.
Kennedy was supposed to fight Lyoto Machida, but the UFC pulled Machida from the fight to battle Mark Munoz instead. Munoz’s original opponent, Michael Bisping, pulled out of the fight with an eye injury. Kennedy, a U.S. Army sharpshooter who has served in Afghanistan, fired off a flurry of tweets calling out several middleweights, begging them to fight him on the card on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Kennedy called out Cung Le, Gegard Mousasi, Rich Franklin and others, hoping they would fight him.
Kennedy should be thrilled that he’s not fighting the dangerous Machida. Although Kennedy is a strong defensive fighter, he would have hard time with Machida’s awkward, off-balanced striking style. While Kennedy loses out on a chance to fight a big name, it might be for the better.
Kennedy has already had two title shots in Strikeforce against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Luke Rockhold. He fought close and safe each time and failed to take advantage of opportunities. Machida getting pulled from the show is a blessing in disguise. Almost everyone he faces will be an easier fight than Machida.
Kennedy had the most luck picking a fight with middleweight Chris Camozzi, and a Twitter exchange between the two suggest that they may have something in the works. There’s no doubt that the UFC will find an opponent for Kennedy considering that he’s the main event in the show. Camozzi is the most likely opponent for Kennedy.