Michael Bisping responds to 'chicken' comment from Tim Kennedy: 'Just ask for the fight'

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

UFC middleweights Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy continue their war of words

Things are starting to heat up between top ten UFC middleweights Tim Kennedy and Michael Bisping.

On November 6, Kennedy moved his UFC record to 2-0 by scoring a Knockout of the Night victory over Rafael Natal. The win put Kennedy on a three-fight winning streak and moved his overall record to 17-4. The knockout was also enough to earn Kennedy the No. 10 spot in the UFC's 185 pound divisional rankings.

Kennedy refused to call out any fighters on the night he defeated Natal, but that changed when he was able to log on to Twitter:

The gauntlet thrown down, Bisping, the No. 4 ranked middleweight, responded and a small war of words erupted between the two.

No fight announcement came from the social media dust-up. One reason for that may be the fact that Bisping has just received the okay to begin full training after undergoing two surgeries to repair a detached retina in his right eye. Another reason may be that Bisping has said he wants a higher ranked opponent than Kennedy for his next bout.

Those words have left Kennedy feeling that perhaps Bisping is looking to avoid stepping into the Octagon against him. Speaking to MMAMania.com's Mattew Roth, Kennedy said:

He talks tough on Twitter but when it comes down to fighting me, he's going to be a chicken. He's going to try and dodge me. He's going to try and manipulate the situation to where at first I had to have enough fights and now I need to be ranked high enough. If that's the case, fine, whatever. Eventually he can't run from me.

Kennedy's words obviously reached Bisping, who took to Twitter to respond:

If we're to believe both fighters, it appears that this fight just needs contracts sent out for signatures, and an official announcement can be made for a Bisping versus Kennedy fight.

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