Tim Kennedy's Blogs

  • Wednesay MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Wednesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Jeremy Stephens vs. Rony Jason; Ryan LaFlare vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio; Brandon Thatch vs. Paul Thiago; Igor Pokrajac vs. Rafael Feijao; Daniel Sarafian vs. Cezar Ferreira; Dan Henderson vs.c. From Goiania, Brazil.

    4:00 a.m. ET MAvTV: King of the Cage
    Future Legends 17 Edgewater Casino Laughlin, Nev.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 9: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Sacrifice Final preliminary fights - one on the men's side and one on the women's.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 10: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: HWPO The semifinals are set to begin and the Team Tate fighters believe Miesha and her coaches are playing favorites.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3: Prelims
    K.J. Noons vs. George Sotiropoulos; Jessica Eye vs. Sarah Kaufman; Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt; C.B. Dollaway vs. Tim Boetsch. From Houston.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The Gracie clan, first family of MMA, is on full display.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Fight for the Troops on FOX Sports 1
    Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith; Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal; Yoel Romero vs. Ronny Markes; Alexis Davis vs. Liz Carmouche; Rafael Natal vs. Tim Kennedy. From Fort Campbell, Ky.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann, Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le, and Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Primetime
    UFC 167: Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

    7:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    9:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Primetime
    UFC 167 Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 10: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: HWPO The semifinals are set to begin and the Team Tate fighters believe Miesha and her coaches are playing favorites.

    9:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Countdown
    UFC 167 Countdown Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

    9:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Countdown
    UFC 167 Countdown Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 11: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Mean Girls

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    11:30 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Rampage4 Real
    Season 1 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3 Rampage hits his pinnacle in training camp; Tito Ortiz gets injured and the fight is cancelled; Rampage deals with the change.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck; Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann.

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  • Saturday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Saturday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort

    4:00 a.m. ET AXS: The Voice Versus Bas Rutten
    Pancrase and UFC champion Bas Rutten discusses his fights, Hollywood and 'El Guapo'.

    6:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    UFC 166 Fight Flashback

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 10: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: HWPO

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC Fight Night 16: Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson at UFC 144; featherweight face-off between Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway at UFC 143; UFC 142's battle between Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    UFC 166 Fight Flashback

    11:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Fight for the Troops on FOX Sports 1
    Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith; Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal; Yoel Romero vs. Ronny Markes; Alexis Davis vs. Liz Carmouche; Rafael Natal vs. Tim Kennedy. From Fort Campbell, Ky.

    2:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 10: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: HWPO

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    7:30 p.m. ET NBC Sports: World Series of Fighting


    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Night
    Jeremy Stephens vs. Rony Jason; Ryan LaFlare vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio; Brandon Thatch vs. Paul Thiago; Igor Pokrajac vs. Rafael Feijao; Daniel Sarafian vs. Cezar Ferreira; Dan Henderson vs. Vitor Belfort. From Goiania, Brazil.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Post-Fight Show
    Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson

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  • Wednesay MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Wednesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 140: Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones faces former champ Lyoto Machida; the Nogueira brothers, Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz.

    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Boiling Point Talking Stick Resort Scottsdale, Ariz.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 8: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Tied Interviews, match highlights and the history behind Ronda and Miesha's rivalry.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 9: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Sacrifice Final preliminary fights - one on the men's side and one on the women's.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann II, Prelims

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC: Fight for the Troops on FOX Sports 1, Prelims
    Germaine de Randamie vs. Amanda Nunes; Steven Siler vs. Dennis Bermudez; Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop; James Krause vs. Bobby Green. From Fort Campbell, Ky.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Preliminary Fights
    UFC on Sportsnet Prelims Germaine de Randamie vs. Amanda Nunes; Steven Siler vs. Dennis Bermudez; Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop; James Krause vs. Bobby Green. From Fort Campbell, Ky.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC: Fight for the Troops on FOX Sports 1
    Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith; Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal; Yoel Romero vs. Ronny Markes; Alexis Davis vs. Liz Carmouche; Rafael Natal vs. Tim Kennedy. From Fort Campbell, Ky.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 10: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: HWPO

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Primetime
    UFC 167 Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Post Fight Press Conference
    Fight for the Troops on FOX Sports 1

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  • Top 5 Forum Threads of the Week By: Jeff Sherwood

    Tim Kennedy (top) has issues with fighter pay. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    Tim Kennedy was never one to lay low.

    The outspoken middleweight on June 25 took aim at the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its pay scale for fighters in an interview with Place to Be Nation’s “Grapple Talk” podcast. The 33-year-old Kennedy will make his promotional debut against 10-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Roger Gracie at UFC 162 on July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

    “I’m 100 percent committed to fighting,” Kennedy said. “I think it’s pathetic that so many fighters ... you know, I’m like one of the top three percent paid guys in the whole entire sport, and, you know, it would be slim pickings to survive off what I make in fighting. I think it’s just the nature of the beast, and I think a lot of guys would second what I’m saying. Fighter pay is always the hot topic of conversation, especially once post-fight pay purses come out.

    “People are like, ‘Holy cow, that guy made $60,000? Woah, he’s so rich.’ I’m like, ‘$60,000? Well, you pay 35 percent taxes on that and then you pay 50 percent between your coaches, your manager, training expenses, your medical, your nutrition,” he added. “That $60,000 is really like 10 or 12 [thousand] once everything is said and done, so, you know, good luck surviving. Let’s say you fight three times a year on $36,000 a year; that’s insane. So, yeah, it’s good to have another job because the UFC doesn’t pay very well.”

    Kennedy has won seven of his past nine bouts, losing only to former Strikeforce champions Ronaldo Souza and Luke Rockhold. He has not been finished in more than a decade.

    Items of interest on the Sherdog.net forums this week:

    Pay Grade

    ‘Spider’ Not Surprised

    Submission Savant

    Looks Matter

    Twenty-Minute Man


    Follow the jump for reader comments.

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  • Video Highlights: Strikeforce ‘Rockhold vs. Kennedy’

    The official recap from Showtime Sports of the Strikeforce July 14 event. Watch as Nate Marquardt takes on Tyron Woodley and Luke Rockhold defends the Strikeforce middleweight championship belt against Tim Kennedy.



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  • Roundtable: Strikeforce Rockhold Vs Kennedy By: TJ De Santis

    Jack Encarnacao returned to The Sherdog Radio Network on Friday for another roundtable discussion. This time the panel broke down tomorrow night's Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Kennedy” card, which takes place at The Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

    Joining Jack on the roundtable were Sherdog.com's Jordan Breen, Lutfi Sariahmed, and ESPN.com's Chad Dundas. The men broke down all of tomorrow night's action including the main event middleweight title bout that features champion Luke Rockhold defending his belt for the second time against challenger Tim Kennedy. The panel also discussed the welterweight tilt pitting former UFC middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt against Tyron Woodley.

    Listen to the best pre-fight analysis in the business by clicking here.

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  • Kennedy Looking for Second-Round KO Against Lawler By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Tim Kennedy (Pictured), on “The Savage Dog Show,” discussing his upcoming Strikeforce bout against Robbie Lawler:

    “I’m looking for a second-round knockout. I’m really going to try to bring it to him in the first round. A lot of pressure, a lot of level changes, a lot of explosiveness. I’m going to be throwing big punches from the outside to get inside and then once I’m inside, dirty boxing, clinch. I kind of want it to be an ugly fight. Then second round, I’m just going to kick it up a notch. I have the gas tank. I’d already been training for this fight. Even though it’s short notice, I’m in great shape. I’m going to be able to bring it for all 15 minutes.”

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  • Radio: Henderson, Kennedy, St. Preux By: TJ De Santis

    Live radio returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Friday in the form of new episodes of "Beatdown" and "The Savage Dog Show."

    Greg Savage was joined by special guest host RJ Clifford this morning on The SRN. Joining them were Strikeforce fighters Dan Henderson and Tim Kennedy.

    Jack Encarnacao was back filling in for myself on "Beatdown." Along with Jon Luther Jack welcomed Strikeforce up and comer Ovince St. Preux to the program.

    Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Radio: Faber, Kennedy & Combs By: TJ De Santis

    Friday's radio lineup on The Sherdog Radio Network included new offerings from "The Savage Dog Show" and "Beatdown" radio programs.

    Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood were back at it Friday with another edition of "The SDS." Joining them were MMA fighters Tim Kennedy and Urijah Faber. Kennedy talked about his recent victory over Melvin Manhoef and his status as a top contender at 185 inside Strikeforce. Meanwhile, Faber joined the show to talk about his upcoming showdown with Eddie Wineland next week in his UFC debut.

    Jack and myself took listener calls and emails on this episode of "Beatdown." Joining us was lightweight fighter Tyler Combs. if you remember, Combs was the original opponent for Jorge Gurgel last Saturday night in Columbus on Strikeforce's 'Feijao Vs Hendo' card. Upon withdrawing from the bout Gurgel complained that Combs was faking the injury and didn't want to fight him. The lightweight retorts Gurgel's statements on today's show.

    Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Kennedy: GSP Should Fight for Fans, Not for Wins By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Tim Kennedy, on “Beatdown,” discussing Georges St. Pierre:

    “If I see another 170 UFC champion either jab his way to a win or hold a guy down for five rounds for a win, I might just pull my hair out. This is about fighting. We’re supposed to go out there and fight. … First, he’s an amazing athlete. Unquestionably the best 170 guy on the planet. Pound-for-pound definitely one of the top two guys. But the potential there -- people flock to him and worship him as a fighter. Imagine what he would be like if four of five wins weren’t by decision, if four of those five wins were by knockout. I think that aura about him would be compounded a thousand times. … He’s one of my teammates. I train at Jackson’s. I love the guy. He’s an amazing fighter. I’m a GSP fan, but we fight for the fans, not for the W. I think more fighters really need to grab on to that and put on a show.”

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