Morning Report: Tim Kennedy talks possible move to welterweight, but believes he's one fight away from title shot at 185

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

On the heels of a dominant performance against Michael Bisping in April, UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy still doesn't sound completely comfortable in the weight class. A classic tweener, Kennedy says he'd even be interested in moving to 170.

"Definitely possible," Kennedy told Joe Rogan Wednesday. "Honestly, had Robbie Lawler beat Johny Hendricks I would cut to fight Robbie." Kennedy won a unanimous decision victory over Lawler back in 2011, scoring a title shot against then Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold. "I think I'd have to be faster at 170. Watching these guys whoosh all over the place."

Unsatisfied with the current model Kennedy feels MMA should expand its number of weight classes to more closely resemble boxing.

"You have 155, 170, 185 and 205. You have four weight classes from 155 to 205. That's crazy.

"I think I'm kind of between 185 and 170. My shape, my reach, my height. I would love there to be a 180. That would be awesome for me."

Any notion of competing at light heavyweight has been crushed by training alongside Jon Jones, according to Kennedy.

"I'm 5-foot-11. I have a 73-inch reach. There's no way I can hang with the 205ers that have 86-inch reaches that are 6-foot-4. I might be as strong as they are, but as Brian Stann calls me, I'm like a squat little hobbit. Angry hobbit, sometimes troll.

"Jon Jones runs around the cage and jabs me to death. I try to athletically explode in and he violates me with something painful."

Stay or go, Kennedy sees his situation relatively unchanged by switching weight classes, a fight or two away from a title shot either way.

"I think I'm close, either. The next fight, whoever Joe Silva gives me. If it's Vitor Belfort, [Ronaldo Souza], that puts me right there. I'm No. 6. [If] I beat a No. 2-3 guy, that's a title fight. I'll be 4-0 in the UFC just beating a title eliminator. My last two fights have been five-round main events. I'm potentially one fight away.

"Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi are fighting. Could I potentially be fighting the winner of that fight? That's definitely in the realm, too. If that's the case maybe I am two fights away. If I cut down to 170 I don't think they'd let me fight for the title. I'd still be one fight away. Maybe two. So no, I don't think I'd be any closer."

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Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.

Everything You NEED to Know About UFC Fight Night 40 Fox Sports 2 Prelims

For a quick intro, there is a former UFC title challenger with a propensity for violence, young flyweight prospects, submission specialists, and middle of the road middleweights here. Simplest way for me to put it. Here are the details:

Ed Herman (21-10, 1 NC) vs. Rafael Natal (17-5-1), Middleweight

Story Thus Far: Herman is now a 15 fight veteran of the UFC and has faced just about every level of fighter in the process. He is now 33 and a run at the title would seem to be out of the question for the 8 year UFC vet, but he can still serve as a respectable gatekeeper. However, after that many fights I wouldn't be shocked to see him let go if he loses here which would be his second in a row and third out of four.

Natal stepped up on short notice to face Tim Kennedy at the Fight for the Troops 3 back in November and is likely on more stable ground as he was riding a three fight win streak heading into the fight. The problem is he hasn't beat anyone casual fans have heard of as Herman would represent his biggest name to date if he emerges victorious.

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