Former Army Ranger turned fighter Tim Kennedy may have been chosen as Vitor Belfort‘s next opponent by the UFC, however following Belfort’s refusal to face him, Kennedy clarifies that he did not have interest in the bout either. According to the Strikeforce import, he doesn’t approve of Belfort’s testosterone replacement use in the sport.
“I wasn’t thrilled about fighting Vitor in Brazil; I’ve always been vocal about being against TRT … I had mixed feelings about fighting him in Brazil … it’s his legacy. He can do what he wants. But I think it demeans the sport when he uses performance-enhancing drugs.”
Following a win over fellow former Strikeforce fighter Roger Gracie at UFC 162, Kennedy feels he is ready for a veteran name in the organization. That specific veteran being “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva.
“After fighting a Strikeforce guy, I wanted to fight a long-standing UFC guy. I’d love to fight anybody with a rich history within the sport that’s been a fighter for a long time. To get matched up with Wanderlei Silva, an iconic hero of mine, that’s the kind of fight I want. I think I can beat everybody in the middleweight division. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be here (in the UFC). I’d be doing something else.” – Bleacher Report
The proposed bout may have some road blocks though. Silva has recently announced interest in making his return at the bigger 205 pound division, following his victory at a catch-weight against Brian Stann. Any other suggestions for Kennedy, should Silva also turn down the call-out?