Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Tim Kennedy may finally get his wish, as the promotion is targeting a 185-pound showdown that would pit the Armed Forces veteran in a five-round main event opposite Michael Bisping as part of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) "Nations" live finale on April 16 in Canada.
FOX Sports brought word of the potential pairing earlier today.
Naturally, this contest is predicated on Bisping's ability to get cleared by a doctor following a near-catastrophic eye injury last fall. "The Count" insists his physician has already given him the green light, but UFC wants a second opinion from its own team of doctors.
Better safe than sorry.
Kennedy (17-4) has been pining for a fight against the brash Brit for months, even going so far as to draw up a mock bout agreement following his emphatic win over Rafael Natal at the promotion's "Fight for the Troops" event last November. It was his third straight win and second under the UFC banner, and now he's looking to take a step up in competition.
And "The Count" is willing to oblige.
Bisping (24-5) was able to shake off the cobwebs from his knockout loss to Vitor Belfort by securing a unanimous (technical) decision win over Alan Belcher at UFC 159. Unfortunately, his ocular injury has kept him out of the cage for almost a year and he'll likely be looking for his oil can prior to stepping back inside the cage.
But if all goes well, that will happen in roughly three months.
Aside from the tournament finals in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions, TUF Nations -- expected to air on FOX Sports 1 and Fight Pass -- will feature a bantamweight scrap pitting Tim Gorman against Mitch Gagnon.
Stay tuned for more fight announcements to this still-developing card in the coming weeks. For more on TUF Nations click here.