After successfully debuting in the UFC this July, middleweight fighter Tim Kennedy was handed the opportunity to welcome Lyoto Machida to the 185-pound division. Unfortunately, Machida was pulled from the bout to stand in for the injured Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 30, where he will face off against Mark Munoz this October 26.
Having lost his dance partner to Munoz, Kennedy took to Twitter to find a replacement. But not before he took the time to let that hussy Munoz know exactly what's what.
Hey @mark_munoz I'm super mad you took Lyoto from me. You cut me deeper than you could ever know... (It's hurts so bad) Tim— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 28, 2013
After settling that score, Kennedy went on a match-making rampage of sorts, canvassing for a number of potential opponents to join him in Kentucky on November 6.
His first solicitation was to the legendary Wanderlei Silva.
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 28, 2013
Kennedy's second call went out to Stockton bad-boy Nick Diaz. And according to Kennedy, he has a couple things the retired Diaz wants.
Next up was Rafael Natal, who recently took an exhilarating decision win away from Tor Troeng at UFC Fight Night 28.
Never mind that Natal is already scheduled to face Ed Herman this November 16. He'd still have 10 days to recover between fights.
Opportunity knocks @rafaelsaponatal you always win, but no one knows who you are. When I'm done with you, neither will you(Tough guy voice)— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 28, 2013
Kennedy then explained his attempts to find an opponent would have to be put on hold since it is his anniversary, and his better half is more deserving of his attention than his colleagues are.
Then three minutes later he changed his mind and got back to it.
Screw it.... Hey @Philippou185UFC want to get back in there asap? I promise not to wrestle if you promise not to punch me?!?!— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 28, 2013
Perhaps not getting the immediate call-backs he was after, Kennedy broadened his search and went hunting outside his native 185-pound class. Mauricio Rua was the mark, both for the offer and a little complement of scorn as well.
Mr @ShogunRua Australia is a long flight how bout you/me in kentucky & we go at 195lbs. You don't need training camp since you don't train— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 28, 2013
We'll have to wait and see whether or not Kennedy's attempt to land a partner for UFC Fight 31 pay off. He seems pretty open to just about anything at this point, but how will that make his targets feel?
I mean, if you get called out, that's special. But if you and 10 other people get called out, that's really not. It's like an open invitation to go on a date.
Regardless, the UFC is likely to step in before long and settle matters. November 6 is not too far off so whoever winds up Kennedy's counterpart will need notice soon.