Yesterday night (Sept. 27, 2013), news broke that Michael Bisping was forced to pull out of his upcoming bout with Mark Munoz due to a serious eye injury. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) needed to find a suitable replacement and pulled Lyoto Machida from his fight with Tim Kennedy at Fight for the Troops 3 to save the Manchester event.
This left Kennedy without an opponent and Fight for the Troops 3 without a main event. Fight for the Troops has historically been the UFC's way of saying 'thank you' to the men and women who serve in the military and put their lives on the line for the United States. It has also been used to help raise money for the Fallen Heroes fund.
This card means the world to Kennedy as he is a military veteran who has helped veterans through work with various charitable organizations, so getting pulled from the card just isn't an option. Instead, Kennedy went on the offensive last night on twitter trying to set up his own bout for the November card, calling out everyone in the UFC's middleweight division.
Mr. @RichFranklin I'm not sure if you have plans Nov 6th? I just got stood up on for a date, and now need someone else to step in... ;-)— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 28, 2013
I want @lyotomachidafw to know that he broke my heart.... :-(— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 28, 2013
Hey @ChrisCamozzi I think you have bad hair, and should fight me in defense if your stylist. (My best attempt at picking a fight)— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 28, 2013
Yo @mousasi_mma I'm not exactly sure where Leiden is, but I want to put you in a "Dutch oven". (See what I did there). Let's fight over it.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 28, 2013
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
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
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
And my personal favorite just because of the rumors that Mauricio Rua hasn't exactly been putting in the necessary time in the gym to stay at a high level. Legitimate great burn by Kennedy.
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
Gotta give Kennedy credit. He is being proactive in his attempts to find a new fight. The big issue though is that there just aren't a lot of options at the moment. Most of the top fighters are currently booked up or just fought. The only real available options are Costa Philippou and Francis Carmont, though outside shot is a quick return for Yushin Okami.
Fight for the Troops 3 takes place at Fort Campbell on Nov. 6.