Undefeated since joining the UFC roster, Tim Kennedy is quite confident in his skill set against any obstacle in the middleweight division - even against an Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling.
"I don't think I'll have a problem taking him down," Kennedy explained on UFC Tonight. "I don't care where the fight goes. I want to beat him on the feet. I'm a much more technical striker. I have very good head defense. If he tries to use his wrestling, I'm good enough to stop his takedowns. I want to beat him up on our feet."
It won't be simple. Kennedy is aware that he will need to remain the offensive fighter and pressure Romero to achieve this success.
"I've got to put pressure on him from start to finish. He's super talented when he can dictate how he wants the fight to go. I can't let him do that. He'll want range, be explosive and close the distance and dictate timing, but I'm going to be in his face bell to bell looking for a finish at every single moment in the fight."
While many may not believe Kennedy is capable of withstanding Romero's takedowns, the former Strikeforce middleweight referred to his recent upset victories over Roger Gracie and Michael Bisping as evidence to his ground fighting skills.
"It seems like people say that every time. People said that about my last fight with Bisping, but I destroyed him for five rounds. Then they said that about Roger Gracie, and I murdered him on the ground. This is no different. I'm fighting a very, very talented athlete and gifted wrestler."