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Tim Kennedy’s Next Move: A Fight With Lyoto Machida?

Tim Kennedy’s Next Move: A Fight With Lyoto Machida?

Since 2001, Tim Kennedy has fought against some the best fighters MMA has to offer. The Texas native has earned an 18-5 record, which includes victories against the likes of Michael Bisping and Robbie Lawler.

He is also well known for having served his country in the US Army, with the 7th Special Forces Group — including tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Since 2009, he has been a member of the Texas National Guard. In an interview on the MMA hour earlier this year, Kennedy (pictured to the above left in a bout with Yoel Romero last year) revealed he has recently been operating as a contractor as well.

On UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani reported that Kennedy wants to jump-start his MMA career again, with a fight against Lyoto Machida.

“He doesn’t want to leave on the sour note of that last Yoel Romero fight,” Helwani said, referring to Kennedy’s last bout: the controversial 2014 loss to fellow middleweight contender Romero.

Helwani mentioned that Kennedy will next visit Latin America for a television program about hunting down war criminals.

But afterwards, he hopes to begin preparations to fight Machida, the former UFC light heavyweight champion who has been campaigning at middleweight of late.

In fact, Kennedy and Machida were to fight back in November 2013 at an event in Fort Campbell, Kentucky — but Machida was pulled out of the planned bout to compete in another event. He was replaced by Rafael “Sapo” Natal, who lost to Kennedy in a first round knockout.

Machida, who lost his last bout to Luke Rockhold at last weekend’s UFC Fight Night, is 22-6 overall in MMA.

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