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Bisping hater Kennedy joins the UFC

ESPN staff
October 13, 2011
Tim Kennedy has won five of his last six © Getty Images

Tim Kennedy could be on collision course with Michael Bisping after it was reported that he has joined the UFC on Thursday.

Fighters Only were first to report that Kennedy's fighter profile is now appearing on the official UFC website. The middleweight has also changed the employer on his Facebook page to "Ultimate Fighting Championship".

Kennedy has spent the last two years fighting in the Strikeforce middleweight division, chalking up five wins in six fights. His latest outing saw him defeat Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision.

However, following Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce, many of the promotion's top names are beginning to find their way to the UFC. Nick Diaz and Alistair Overeem are both set for big fights under the UFC umbrella, and Gilbert Melendez will soon follow.

Kennedy, loved by many American fans, has publicly spoken out against Bisping on several occasions, lambasting the Brit for his involvement in Spitgate during the Jorge Rivera fight.

"Fighting Michael Bisping wouldn't be about the money and that's why I said I'd give my fight money to charity," Kennedy said back in May. "I don't think there's anybody in the sport that's ever blatantly cheated as clearly as he has and then walks away with the win from it.

"It's not him necessarily, it's just the idea of everything about him. It's everything he says, it's everything he does. It's the way he fights."

Official confirmation of Kennedy's signing by the UFC is yet to arrive.

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