After nearly two years away, it appears that UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy is ready to return to the Octagon.
“I have a fight. I can’t tell you anything about it. The UFC has to announce it, but after I come back from South America, I am in shape. I have been training, I knew I had a fight coming up,” Kennedy said in a video on his Facebook page. “And now I’m telling you -- I have a fight. “
Kennedy is currently in the process of finishing up filming for Season 2 of ”Hunting Hitler,” a reality show in which a team investigates the death of Nazi leader Adolph Hitler. The Army Ranger and Special Forces sniper hints that the upcoming bout would put him right at the top of the 185-pound division.
“After this fight, you can’t say that I shouldn’t be the champion,” he said. “The details of that have to wait for the UFC to tell you when, where and who. But I’m telling you, I’m fighting.”
The 36-year-old Kennedy hasn’t competed since a controversial third-round technical knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 178 on Sept. 27, 2014. Kennedy was on the verge of finishing his Cuban opponent in round two, but Romero was given extra time to recover before the third frame and rallied for a stoppage victory. Kennedy thought the delay was a concession of defeat on Romero’s part and seemed to lose all momentum in the final stanza.
With that in the past, Kennedy hopes to eventually get another shot at current middleweight king Michael Bisping following the as-yet-to-be announced bout. Kennedy took a five-round unanimous verdict over “The Count” at “The Ultimate Fighter Nations” finale in April 2014. Bisping is slated to defend his belt against Dan Henderson at UFC 204 in Manchester on Oct. 8.
“It’s going to be big,” Kennedy said. “Hopefully, Michael Bisping will stay the champ. If he beats Dan Henderson, he has no choice but to defend his title against me; I was the last guy to beat the breaks off him.”