Tim Kennedy headlines “The Ultimate Fighter Nations” finale Wednesday when he takes on Michael Bisping in a middleweight matchup.
Ahead of the bout, trainer Greg Jackson joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show to discuss a variety of topics, including Kennedy-Bisping, Travis Browne’s upcoming heavyweight fight against Fabricio Werdum and Jon Jones’ next opponent, Glover Teixeira.
On Kennedy-Bisping: “I think this is a fight where Tim has a lot to gain, and if we’re successful that night and we put things together the right way, I think it’s certainly another big step up … . I’m really looking forward to it. He’s beaten two very tough opponents so far in the UFC and I’m hoping that the third one will go for us as well.”
On Bisping’s wrestling: “Bisping has actually an underrated double leg too. His wrestling is actually not bad. He’s able to take some people down, and there’s certain things you want to do against a fighter as tough and smart as he is and there’s certain things you don’t want to do. I can’t of course tell you either of those things at the moment, but you’ll know if we’re doing the right things because we’ll be winning.”
On whether a win over Werdum could earn Browne a title shot: “I’m not even worried about heavyweight titles or anything else. We’ve got a very tough Werdum standing across the cage in Florida, and that’s all the focus is right now. If we do well and we do a great performance, then I guess we can worry about that. Werdum’s no joke. He’s an amazing fighter, and all of our focus is right on that.”
On whether Werdum is the most dangerous heavyweight in MMA on the ground: “No, I wouldn’t say that. Certainly he’s one of the most dangerous. There’s people with amazing ground-and-pound -- Cain [Velasquez], among others -- that are very dangerous if they get on top of you. Certainly [Werdum’s] got one of the best guards in all of MMA and certainly the heavyweights, so we have to be very cautious of that and the things that he goes after and that he likes to do. But Travis’ grappling is pretty good as well, and hopefully we’ll be able to fight our fight.”
On Jon Jones’ upcoming opponent, Glover Teixeira: “His jiu-jitsu, his ground stuff, his leg attacks -- he has some beautiful setups for leg attacks. He rolls his hips really well. He hooks the leg. It’s just gorgeous to watch his ground stuff and then on his feet, he just comes right at you. He just out-mans people. He’s like, You throw your stuff, I’m going to throw my stuff, and you’re going to go unconscious and I’m not. Just that tenacity that he has, that toughness that he has, the skill that he has -- I mean, he’s fighting for the world title for a reason. He’s an amazing, amazing fighter. I’m a big fan of his. It’s going to be a real honor and a lot of fun to watch Jon and him fight it out.”
Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:56:54).