According to a Jan. 5 post from Bloody Elbow, hard-hitting knockout artist Michael "The Count" Bisping (24-5) is hoping the UFC grants him the opportunity to fight fast-rising middleweight contender Tim Kennedy.
Bisping, 34, says Kennedy (17-4) is annoying, and that he would be open to fight him either on U.S. or British soil.
"At this point, he's just embarrassing himself," Bisping said of Kennedy. "He talks about being a man of pride, and a soldier, and a man of honor...well, maybe he needs to act with a bit of honor and dignity. He's just acting like a punk. He's certainly not acting like a trained, disciplined serviceman.
"This little bout agreement that he's done up; he insinuates that I wouldn't take the fight anywhere outside of the UK. Let me just ask a quick question: How many times has he fought outside the US? I think the answer is zero. I think the majority of my UFC appearances have been outside of the UK (13 of 19 appearances). If he's insinuating that I'm scared of him, that's the funniest thing I've ever heard."
Bisping then took the trash-talking a step further by claiming that Kennedy dresses up in women's clothing on a regular basis.
"I've fought the best athletes in the world, and some on short notice. If Tim Kennedy thinks he's going to be the person I'm scared of-this is the person that dresses up as a f*cking ballerina-he's crazy," Bisping said. "He dresses like a woman on a regular basis just to get a bit of attention. It's just embarrassing.
"And for the record, I have many times spoken to Joe Silva and Dana White and said, ‘Listen, let me shut this guy up once and for all.' It comes down to their decision. He keeps going on like it's me, and that I have the ultimate say so.
"That decision basically comes down to Joe Silva, and they're trying to decide if I should waste one of my fight opportunities on a fighter of subpar caliber. They are weighing their options on whether it makes more sense to match me up with a better fighter to make the company more money, or if they should just let me get in there and beat the shit out of him for my own personal satisfaction. I'm hoping they go with the latter, and I get to beat the shit out of him on national TV."
A fight between Bisping and Kennedy makes plenty of sense. Both men are 34 years old and both are legitimate top 10 contenders in the UFC's middleweight division.
The more Bisping hypes the fight, the more UFC fans are going to want to see it. And there's no question that UFC officials are listening.