Tim Kennedy Granted Wish, Fights Michael Bisping at ‘The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale’

Written by Tom Ngo
January 30th, 2014

UFC Michael Bisping

Ask, stalk, harass, and you shall receive. After months of aggressively campaigning for a fight with Michael Bisping (pictured), Tim Kennedy has finally been granted his wish.

The middleweights will collide at “The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Team Canada vs. Team Australia Finale” on April 16 inside Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

UFC president Dana White was able to confirm the matchup Thursday after Bisping’s doctor cleared him to return to action earlier in the day.

“Got some good news today!!!!!!…… Can you guess what it is?. Let’s just say I’m gonna step my training up,” Bisping tweeted this morning.

Bisping, who has been sidelined after undergoing surgery for his detached retina in his right eye, previously said Kennedy needs to collect some more credible wins before they collide. However, it appears Kennedy’s public, and non-stop call outs were enough to get him and the UFC intrigued.

Kennedy has been requesting a tango with Bisping since putting Rafael Natal to sleep in November. In addition to challenging “The Count” on Twitter, he also drew up a fake bout agreement to antagonize Bisping into duel.

Kennedy will be riding a three-fight winning streak into the biggest shootout of his career. Bisping, meanwhile, has alternated between wins and losses over his past five outings. He was most recently seen Alan Belcher in April.

It is believed the 185-pound affair will headline the show.

Here is the card’s current lineup:

Tim Gordon vs. Mitch Gagnon

Sam Stout vs. KJ Noons

Evan Dunham vs. Mark Bocek

TUF Nations Finals – Welterweight

TUF Nations Finals – Middleweight

Patrick Cote vs. Kyle Noke

Tim Kennedy vs. Michael Bisping

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