Kennedy has considered dropping to welterweight before and it’s an excellent time to do so. There are already a handful of title-contenders in Kennedy’s current division, but that’s not necessarily the case at 170 pounds. If he can truly shed the 15 ticks necessary to move from welterweight he could find himself challenging for a belt sooner than later, especially with back-to-back wins already under his belt and third potentially in store this coming November when he takes to the Octagon for a second time in his career.
Former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida’s decision to shed some pounds and compete as a middleweight sent ripples through the MMA world, giving fans and media members something new to salivate over. After all, with “The Dragon” being one of the brightest 205ers in the sport, the thought of him mixing it up against similar-sized, highly-skilled opponents is absolutely intriguing. Machida wasn’t the first UFC fighter to move divisions in hopes of finding additional success and he won’t be the last. In fact, expect a few of his notable peers to follow suit in the next twelve months. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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