UFC Quick Quote: There's no way Chris Weidman will be ready by July

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But Kennedy will be ... if he gets past "The Count" on April 16 in Quebec City.

"There's no way he's ready by July. There's no way. Remember Chuck Liddell at the end of his career? He still had the heart and mind to be a champion, but his body couldn't do it. Chris Weidman is young, still has everything to be a champion for a long time. But what your mind and heart tells you is sometimes different than what your body will allow you to do. You have to be a smart athlete."

Is Tim Kennedy angling for a UFC 175 main event against Lyoto Machida? The Strikeforce middleweight import was sounding less than optimistic about Chris Weidman's return to the Octagon, when asked about the future of the 185-pound division during a recent media scrum (via FOX Sports). Kennedy could inch himself closer to a title shot with a win over Michael Bisping at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale on April 16 on FOX Sports 1 (details), and would likely be at the top of the list of potential replacements if his timeline prediction does indeed come true. Then again, after watching this post-op video from the "All American," who just had double-knee surgery, I wouldn't rule anything out.

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