Whether or not, Casey Kenney is able to be recognized as one of the best in 125 and 135 pounds.
Kenney won the Legacy Fighting Alliance interim flyweight title last November using a lopsided decision conquer Brandon Royval, and now he ’s set to compete for an interim bantamweight title after in injury forced undisputed 135-pound champ Miles Johns out of his scheduled shield against Vincent Cachero. It’s currently Kenney who’ll face Cachero at the Primary occasion of LFA 62 on Friday in The Bomb Factory in Dallas.
Though Kenney, 28, hasn’t had the chance to “beat the man to be the guy ” since the famous saying goes, he’s not downplaying what it would mean to develop into a dual-division title holder. He’s already tasted gold using a respected promotion, getting the Tachi Palace Fights flyweight championship two decades before, and now he ’s competed double on .
All that experience has him confident that a telephone from the UFC is returning.
“be-ing LFA’s first champ-champ, you are able to ’t beat it? Somebody ’s gotta do it,” Kenney told MMA Fighting. “we ’ll see how things perform, but that I like where I’m sitting once I purchase both these belts. What more is there to do? Two LFA belts, the Tachi belttwo wins the Contender Series — the decision didn’t go my way within the last one, however I think even that struggle was ranked like, second the fights of the very exciting fights on the Contender Series.
“I’m a fascinating fighter. I wear a clinic against Royval, those guys have survived the rounds and I’m looking to place away somebody. I think that’s exactly what kept me outside from this UFC roster for the time being. But I’m going to keep chipping away and they are able to ’t deny me forever. ”
Kenney hasn’t ended a struggle since submitting Alvin Cacdac from February 20 17 to win against the TPF title, but he questions the judging in both bouts in his career that didn’t ending with his hands raised.
He believes he convincingly won a might 20 17 bout with Bruno Silva which has been scored a split draw, and he deserved to get the nod at a separation loss to Adam Antolin within his next Contender Series appearance.
“I didn&; rsquo;t miss that struggle,” Kenney said of this Antolin bout,” adding that White told him he thought Kenney won. “Honestly, at the 1 2 fights I’ve had, the [loss and the draw] I’ve had, I beat up those guys the most. Bruno looked just as if his face was at a meat grinderthe draw I had at LFA, and then Antolin, I could possibly have given him the third round, however he survived from the initial two rounds and that’s all he did.
“I won’t take that loss. I’ve been defeated at the cage. ”
With a triumph Friday, Kenney will take himself to be on equal ground using LFA’s undisputed champs (“Titles are titles,” he also said), specially given that fighters that triumph belts in the promotion rarely stick out to defend them since they’re regularly called up to larger organizations. He’so receptive to prospective title defenses against Johns in 135 or flyweight champ Maikel Perez, however his mind can be set on a UFC contract. 1 reason he’s most enthused about competing in bantamweight is he believes that it gives him a better chance of achieving that goal with the UFC’s flyweight branch in limbo.
A judo blackbelt that later left behind a wrestling scholarship from the University of Indianapolis to chase his MMA fantasies, Kenney believes he has the skill set — and now the in-cage reps — to instantly step in the Octagon with the UFC’s best.
“The first time that I received a call from (the UFC), I had been on the radar,” was once I had been 5-0,” Kenney explained. “I’ve pretty much been ready ever since then, therefore now seven fights later, moving on two-and-a-half decades. I’m not in a rush, however there’s kind of that point I am aware I’m prepared to generate a run deep in to the upper 10 of those UFC. When I had been 5-0, I thought I had been ready, however there’s so many levels to this match and now that I’ve fought my last seven days, currently eight fights against UFC-caliber type of competitions, and now I ’ve learned quite a bit out of that.
“” I believe I’m prepared to generate a run, therefore I’m not in a hurry because if your time comes, it comes fast. I’m still young, I’ve still got plenty of time, however I only feel as though I’ve put at the job, I’ve place at the timeI’m prepared to create my rush, therefore let’so do it. ”