Tim Kennedy vs. Michael Bisping Slated for TUF Nations Finals

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Tweet enough and you will be heard.

Tim Kennedy was slated to face highly ranked Lyoto Machida at UFC: Fight for the Troops before Machida was called on short notice to fight Mark Munoz. Kennedy took to twitter to find another suitable replacement, calling out every top middleweight in the sport, and even some light-heavyweights.

Rafael Natal‘s name was eventually churned out by the match making machine that is Joe Silva, who filled in on short notice to fight Kennedy at the most recent UFC: Fight for the Troops. Surprising fans and analysts alike, Tim Kennedy knocked Rafael out-cold with a thunderous left hook that caught the Brazilian off guard. The meaning of the event with the combination of how spectacular the knockout was, has given Tim a highly regarded opponent for his next fight in Michael Bisping.

Michael Bisping is the poster boy for English MMA, and has been for the last five years. His quality of opponents is often questioned, but in his last bout he battered a top 10 middleweight with his unanimous decision win over Alan Belcher. However, every time the Englishman has a truly elite opponent in front of him, he fails to get that key victory. See his fight with Dan Henderson for a reminder.

This being said of Bisping, Tim Kennedy is not on the same level as the Vitor Belfort‘s of this world, and will likely give up a decision to the Brit. Bisping’s mix of solid takedown defense and ‘pitter-patter’ striking will work to slowly break down the U.S ranger.

Expect a fun matchup, expect five rounds and expect a cocky winner to call out a top three opponent.

Marcus Pordoy is an MMA writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @MMAnalysisRoom, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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