Michael Bisping accepts Luke Rockhold's challenge, Tim Kennedy warns he will get 'smashed'

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Despite humping punching each other for 15 minutes inside the Octagon, Tim Kennedy and Michael Bisping have resumed their war of words on Twitter.

Old flames often die hard in mixed martial arts (MMA).

After Tim Kennedy defeated Michael Bisping at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Nations Finale on April 16, 2014 (watch video highlights here), the two men made peace in the center of the Octagon, putting to bed their heated war of words leading up to the fight.

Or so it seemed.

Kennedy and "The Count" were recently at it again on Twitter, as Bisping (yet again) lobbied for a fight against Luke Rockhold following the former Strikeforce Middleweight champion's victory over Tim Boetsch at UFC 172 this past weekend (watch video highlights here).

It's a fight in which Bisping feels he won't get humped, taking an obvious dig at the smothering style of fighting Kennedy employed to defeat him via unanimous decision. Not one to sit idle, the former Army Ranger fired back with a tummy tickler of a comeback.

His Tweet:

Burn baby, BURN.

Kennedy shut out Bisping at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale in Quebec City, Canada, nullifying "The Count's" offense with serviceable and great wrestling. And even though Kennedy scored perhaps the biggest win of his MMA career to date with the performance, he was far from pleased with it.

Nevertheless, Bisping now has his eyes set on a potential bout against Rockhold, a fight the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA)-trained standount says he wouldn't mind taking because it's an "easy payday." Meanwhile, Rockholds' training partner, Daniel Cormeir, wants him to focus on the bigger picture -- which is to fight for the Middleweight strap -- and not waste his time on meaningless rivalries.

That horse, however, has already left the barn.

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