Tim Kennedy calls UFC-Reebok payouts "pathetic", ready to donate blood for Anderson Silva
Former UFC middleweight contender Tim Kennedy who at the moment has taken a break from the fight game, slammed the recent controversial UFC-Reebok payout deal as pathetic and was very critical about it.
Former UFC middleweight contender Tim Kennedy who at the moment has taken a break from the fight game, slammed the recent controversial UFC-Reebok payout deal as pathetic and has been very critical about it.
Tim Kennedy(18-5) who has been enjoying life outside the fight world with his beautiful wife and infant son, came out heavily against the current state of MMA, which has disenchanted him. He believes that the business side has completely gone out of control. He blamed bad reffing as one of the issues for not coming back but put a lot of blame on state sponsorships and the much criticized Reebok deal. He says he has made more money in one fight at strikeforce than the recently concluded UFC fight night 73 roster combined, which came up to $107,500.
This is what he had to say on the issues, "My disenchantment has come from the business side of it. The officiating, the reffing, the sponsorship. Where the sport is now, it's horrible, tragic, and pathetic. Glover just fought OSP, right? The entire Reebok payout was $100,000 or something? All, every athlete on the entire UFC card that night. I made more sponsorship money in Strikeforce than every single athlete on that card that night. In one fight! Me vs. Luke Rockhold or me vs. Jacare. Even my last fight, me versus Zak Cummings. I made more than every single UFC athlete, to include Glover, who just fought for the title against Jon Jones, cumulatively. If that doesn't blow your mind and say what is wrong with this sport.”
The 35-year-old armed forces veteran, last fought against Yoel Romero at UFC 178, that was infamous for its “stool gate” incident. Although he is content catching war criminals, he is ready to have a showdown against former middleweight champion Anderson Silva at the upcoming Dallas Cowboy Stadium pay-per-view (PPV) event on Dec. 5, 2015, even if he has to donate blood to Silva.
"Well, there is a big fight card in Dallas. Anderson Silva? No. 2 middleweight versus Tim Kennedy the No. 7 middleweight? He can have my blood. He can inject himself with my blood from this day forward and he'll be good and we will fight in Dallas. That will be perfect. Tim will get off the couch for Anderson Silva in Dallas." said Kennedy.
At the moment though he is happy laying back on his couch with his family until a big money fight comes along.