Tim Kennedy has only one real concern ahead of his Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale main event fight with Michael Bisping: putting on a show.
The two will meet in Canada on April 16, and Kennedy is worried that Bisping might not bring it.
“Bisping’s health concerns me and if he’s going to actually fight me that night,” said Kennedy, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “I have 25 minutes to put on a show. We’re the main event.
“I really want to give people what they expect, which is a good fight. But Bisping has to play along and fight.”
Kennedy was referring to recent eye issues that have kept Bisping on the sidelines. The military veteran has picked up three straight wins since a 2012 loss to Luke Rockhold for the Strikeforce title.
Last November, in front of his fellow military veterans, Kennedy did put on a show, finishing Rafael Natal in the first round.
“I’m there to win fairly,” he said, “by knockout or submission.”
Ever-aware of his surroundings, Kennedy doesn’t believe that all the pre-fight trash talk between himself and Bisping will hurt him heading into the bout. The two have engaged in several lengthy Twitter wars over the recent weeks.
“An emotional fighter isn’t a good fighter,” Kennedy admitted. “But I’m doing it because I think he’s easy to make fun of. He’s a jerk.”
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