Kennedy loves to grapple and Carmont could definitely give him a test in that regard. The 6’3” Frenchman’s takedowns and top control made Costa Philippou look like a fish out of water at UFC 165, but repeating the feat against Kennedy is a different story altogether. He’s on an impressive winning streak including a 6-0 mark in the Octagon, so he’s definitely got the career momentum to justify a headlining spot, plus beating a fighter with Kennedy’s name recognition would further boost his claim to getting a clash for top contendership in early 2014. On a side note, if Carmont doesn’t work out, Philippou could also be worth considering despite his loss based on his string of successes prior to the stumble (not to mention Kennedy called him out recently on Twitter).
UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy is set to take to the Octagon again in a little over a month when he’ll serve as one half of the headlining duo at UFC Fight Night 31. The card is particularly important to decorated military veteran Kennedy, as the show comes with a Fight for the Troops tag and is unfolding at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Unfortunately, Kennedy’s original opponent – Lyoto Machida – was pulled out of the fight to fill a vacancy created by an injury to Michael Bisping, leaving the Army Ranger without an adversary at the event. That being said, who should the UFC consider as a replacement? (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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