Kennedy to Hendo & Vitor: 'Stop using steroids'


On Wednesday night's edition of FOX Sports Live, UFC President Dana White announced that Lyoto Machida's first figtht at Middleweight would be Tim Kennedy at UFC Fight for the Troops 3. Machida had previously avoided 185, as he was not interesting in challenging Blackhouse teammate Anderson Silva; with Silva's loss to Chris Weidman, the division was suddenly alluring.

Machida is coming off a remarkable run at light heavyweight, dropping a decision that most observers thought he won to Phi Davis, KOing Ryan Bader and Randy Couture, beating Dan Henderson via Split Decision, and losing to Jon Jones by Guillotine.

Kennedy is 4-1 his last five, losing only to Luke Rockhold, and most recently defeating Roger Gracie.

In an interview with B/R, the 33-year-old was ecstatic.

"I was super excited, totally pumped, thrilled, ecstatic, when I was told about the fight," said Kennedy. "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 hope he comes to fight. I don’t want to chase the guy around for 15 minutes. That’s not the fight the fans want, the troops want. If he comes and fights, we’re gonna put on a great show."

"I know I’m not a marque name and I'm looked past by most guys. He is an example of a true fighter to me: my hat's off to Lyoto for being a real fighter and stepping up to the plate to fight me."

Kennedy was less effusive about Vitor Belfort, who stated the only fight he would take at 185 was a title bout. Belfort is instead fighting Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 32 on November 9.

Both are on Testosterone Replacement Therapy, and Kennedy was disdainful.

"I wonder who is going to have higher testosterone levels during their fight camp?," said Kennedy. "The real competition for those two is who is going to have the highest testosterone levels during the fight camp. Just take their testosterone levels from four weeks out, and that's the winner of the fight, no reason for these guys to even meet in the cage."

"If you have a guy who can only fight in a scenario where hes injecting synthetic testosterone into his body, he shouldn’t be fighting."

"This is mixed martial arts - integrity, legacy, discipline - this is not Mark MaGwire baseball. He almost killed the sport of baseball. Somebody needs to come to grips this is damaging the sport."

"His requirement to fight me was to fight me in Brazil. If I get a call to fight, I'm told it's at this time, at this place and I accept. I don't go around being like 'well, I'm only going to fight so and so if we meet in Austin, Texas.' Fight clean, stop using steroids."

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Lazer MMA site profile image  

8/27/13 12:54 PM by Lazer MMA

Hendo quit TRT, fought with none VS Belfort

XD40GRIP site profile image  

8/26/13 9:15 AM by XD40GRIP

Talk shit about Kennedy all you want but he trains hard and comes to fight EVEY time... People keep sleeping on him but he is a tough dude with a lot of skill and if you take him for granted your getting beat.

lars_schifinkter site profile image  

8/26/13 1:11 AM by lars_schifinkter

*so that he could continue to damage his body.

lars_schifinkter site profile image  

8/26/13 1:10 AM by lars_schifinkter

A responsible doctor would discourage a patient suffering from body function loss due to any of those factors from even competing in MMA, never mind write him a script for hormone replacement.

lars_schifinkter site profile image  

8/26/13 1:08 AM by lars_schifinkter

What about guys like me who have high T, should I sell my excess to people with low T?

SKARHEAD site profile image  

8/25/13 9:47 PM by SKARHEAD

The better question is why do overtrained MMA fighters and endurance athletes end up with hypoginadism.....Sure there sre the juicers.....but LOL @ acting as if overtraining, insane endurance training, head trauma, and massive weight cutting can't lead to or contribute to hypogonadism.

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8/25/13 5:37 PM by BshMstr

well, Kennedy was legitimately a "shooter" in a SpecOps unit... Stann was on officer in a conventional Marine unit. both men served with distinction, but Kennedy is the guy the movies and video games are all about...but you make an excellent point about Stann, and how he carries himself. even when he just started fighting in the WEC, i recall how much of a class act he was, even when he didn't need to be. he sets a great example for younger athletes in his conduct, and how it's opened doors for him after his fighting career has ended...

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8/25/13 4:31 PM by nix1331

well i kinda agree with what tim is saying but yet all i can think of in my head is "god i wish tim was on roids maybe hed be slightly interesting to watch"

Porkchop site profile image  

8/25/13 2:18 PM by Porkchop

Well I'm not saying that Stann has been through more than Kennedy or anything. I just meant to add that to the fact that he has handled himself very well in public. That's why he is now an announcer for FOX sports on college football and MMA while Kennedy is unlikely to be given any sort of analyst job because of his outspoken nature.I always keep hearing how much more badass Kennedy is than Stann but I don't really feel that way and maybe it's just my inexperience with combat training. But I'd look at it more as Kennedy being better at his job rather than Stann being less badass.But again, I am pretty unfamiliar with combat training and both dudes I respect for doing what they felt was right and risking their lives for it. I'm not a fan of those wars, but those two guys likely signed up because they felt the need to give back to their country more than anything and that is quite respectable.