Tim Kennedy eyes Wanderlei Silva clash, didn’t want to fight drugged-up Vitor Belfort in Brazil

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After losing out on a chance to fight against Vitor Belfort, Tim Kennedy will settle for another scrappy Brazilian, as he eyes a potential showdown against Wanderlei Silva, In addition, he says Belfort demeans the sport of MMA with his "performance-enhancing drug" use.

Vitor Belfort recently shot down a middleweight bout against Tim Kennedy, saying he's only interested in a 185-pound title fight and would prefer to move up in weight if he doesn't get his wish.

A decision that didn't sit too well with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White.

Undeterred, Kennedy says he wasn't too thrilled at the prospect of facing Belfort in his home country of Brazil anyway, seemingly sharing the sentiments of Constantinos Philippou in that Belfort can get away with Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in his own backyard.

While TRT isn't illegal, Kennedy doesn't seem to care much for the controversial treatment and says Vitor is demeaning the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) by using "performance-enhancing drugs."

His words to Bleacher Report:

"I wasn't thrilled about fighting Vitor in Brazil; I've always been vocal about being against TRT ... I had mixed feelings about fighting him in Brazil ... it's his legacy. He can do what he wants. But I think it demeans the sport when he uses performance-enhancing drugs."

After making a successful Octagon debut at UFC 162 against former roster mate Roger Gracie, Tim says he'd like to face a true UFC guy next, specifically someone with a rich history in the sport.

And, according to the Army Ranger, a certain "Axe Murderer" would fit the bill just fine.

He explains:

"After fighting a Strikeforce guy, I wanted to fight a long-standing UFC guy. I'd love to fight anybody with a rich history within the sport that's been a fighter for a long time. To get matched up with Wanderlei Silva, an iconic hero of mine, that's the kind of fight I want. I think I can beat everybody in the middleweight division. If I didn't, I wouldn't be here (in the UFC). I'd be doing something else."

There's just one problem, Silva abandoned the middleweight division in favor of the UFC's 205-pound weight class, making a successful return to light heavyweight at UFC on FUEL TV 8 against the recently-retired Brian Stann.

So, unless Silva decides to drop the weight again, Kennedy will have to find someone else to call out for his next fight.

But who?

How about it Maniacs, who should Tim face inside the Octagon next? What's your take on his comments regarding Belfort's TRT use?

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