UFC Middleweight Tim Kennedy has the honor to welcome Lyoto Machida to the 185 pound weight class, and after Vitor Belfort refused to fight him, he couldn’t be happier with the choice of his opponent. The two are now set to fight at UFC Fight For The Troops. For years fans and pundits have been asking Machida if he will go down to middleweight, but he always said no because his friend Anderson Silva was the champion in that division and Machida would not fight him. In a recent interview, Kennedy spoke all about fighting Machida.
He told Bleacher Report:
“I was super excited, totally pumped, thrilled, ecstatic, when I was told about the Machida fight.
“I think he’s always been a small light heavyweight, he should’ve been a middleweight a few years ago. He should’ve come down to middleweight sooner, which I think is the natural weight for him. I have the expectation it will be the best Machida since he won the title.”
“Right after my last fight, I was asking to be on that card. The groups I represent are the Green Beret Foundation, Rhino Den, Ranger Up and the Wounded Warriors, so it’s really cool to be on this card. Emotionally, I’m very invested, and I have to be since I’m fighting a legend who is a dangerous fighter.”
“I know I’m not a marque name and I’m looked past by most guys. (Machida) is an example of a true fighter to me: my hats off to Lyoto for being a real fighter and stepping up to the plate to fight me.”
UFC Fight For The Troops, also known as UFC Fight Night 31, takes place on November 6 at Fort Campbell in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. This is the third time the UFC is hosting a Fight For The Troops, and the proceeds from the event will benefit injured soldiers returning from overseas.
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