Tim Kennedy is in the news today, but not because he has another fight booked.
Yes, the UFC middleweight is reporting that he’s been informed by the FBI that some credible threats have been made against him by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or ISIS).
The 36 year-old, special forces soldier revealed the news on his Facebook page by stating:
Just spoke with the FBI regarding some recent credible threats towards me by #ISIS They were not overly thrilled with my response… “Let those cowards come”
Kenendy was then contacted by the Army Times, and he reported that although he typically receives threats on social media, the FBI told him that there have been some “legitimate” ones. Kennedy then went on to add:
“What’s the definition of terrorism?” Kennedy said. “It’s to achieve an objective through the use of force and fear. These are just nasty, evil, disgusting human beings who disrespect human life. I teach people how to live with threats like this. Who would I be to be cowering to a bunch of gutless cowards acting like a bunch of tough guys online?”
So, ya, that’s some scary stuff.
Now in terms of his MMA career, it remains to be seen what’s next for Kennedy. He hasn’t fought now since September, 2014, when he dropped a controversial, stoppage loss to Yoel Romero (who recently was informed of a potential anti-doping violation by USADA).
Kennedy has called for a fight with Vitor Belfort, but it hasn’t materialized. Then more recently he revealed that the UFC was looking at having him fight Lyoto Machida in February. Kennedy is booked for several instructional and training gigs that month, however, and had to decline.