Tim Kennedy asked and asked and asked for more drug testing prior to his fight this Saturday night against Yoel Romero at UFC 178.
Kennedy, an Army Ranger and former Strikeforce title contender, was denied by the Nevada Athletic Commission. He explained to ESPN why he tried so hard to make it happen.
“I made requests, ultimatums, everything,” he said. “It reached a point of no response. I just didn’t heat back. So, here I am, a week out from my fight and I could have been taking anabolic steroids during my entire camp. It’s a problem.”
Obviously Kennedy doesn’t use anything illegal, but his profound statement is sure to catch the attention of the NAC and maybe even the officials within the UFC.
While some have dismissed Romero despite his resume and wins in the UFC, Kennedy is not.
“Anytime an athlete like that comes into MMA from another sport, you keep your eye on him,” said Kennedy, of the former Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling. “I’m familiar with him. He’s fought one of my teammates. He’s super athletic. I’m excited to fight him.”
FightLine will have complete coverage of Kennedy-Romero and the rest of the UFC 178 card Saturday night.