Bellator 253: Jeremy Kennedy Says He’s a Great Match-up for Several Bellator Featherweights


Canada’s Jeremy Kennedy finally got back in the cage at Bellator 253. The former UFC veteran and PFL fighter faced another UFC vet in Matt Bessette, earning a unanimous decision win.

“I worked on so much this year, that I wanted to show,” Kennedy said, noting that Matt Bessette was “a game opponent.” So while Kennedy felt he was out-striking Bessette and wanted the finish, “why give him a puncher’s chance?” Especially since he was capable of “turning the knob” to “really dominate.”

That dominance came from his wrestling, and right off the first takedown, Kennedy knew “oh man, I got him!” The rest of the round, he realized, “I can rinse and repeat this if I wanted.”

Kennedy was not going to call anyone out after the fight. But he’s a fight nerd, and said he could name drop all day. “The Henry Corrales’, the Adam Borics, the Perdro Carvalho’s — I know he just lost, but these that are just dropping out — Daniel Weichel. There’s all these guys in the grand prix that are falling out. It’s like, I match up with all of them. It’s fantastic.”

The Canadian believes that he can come into the Bellator featherweight division right away, and be a threat. But he’s also willing to build himself up, suggesting prospect Jay Jay Wilson as another potential opponent.

In terms of a return, “2021 is probably more realistic,” said Kennedy, given he’s been in camp in Las Vegas for months. “I’m so excited to go home and see my dogs, I haven’t seen them in three months. Haven’t seen my actual house, we were just newly married for three weeks when I took off. So I’m really looking forward to going home.” Which will include a two-week quarantine when he returns to Canada, and then Christmas. “I’ll be itching to come back to Vegas come January, I guarantee it. Hopefully, I’m looking for a February kind of thing [for his next fight].”

Watch the full Bellator 253 post-fight press conference with Jeremy Kennedy above.


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