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Jeremy Kennedy explains why he wants to fight Elkins or Fili next

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Jeremy Kennedy, who briefly trained at Team Alpha Male in 2015, wants to fight either Darren Elkins or Andre Fili, who both are part of the Sacramento-based team, in his next fight. He explains why.

Jeremy Kennedy has no ill will towards Darren Elkins and Andre Fili, whom he called out after his win over Rony Jason at UFC Fight Night 106 last weekend.

Kennedy wanting to fight Elkins or Fili next raised a few eyebrows, as Kennedy trained at Team Alpha Male, a Sacramento-based team both Elkins and Fili are part of, for just over three weeks in the summer of 2015. But Kennedy said he did not train with either man during his time there for multiple reasons. He’s adamant he doesn’t have any sort of beef with the renowned team and the two fighters he called out; he just likes what both fighters have to offer as opponents.

“It really has nothing to do with where they train, I just like the matchups,” Kennedy told BloodyElbow.com on Thursday. “Kind of funny that they happen to train there, though. I didn’t train with either of them when I was there. Elkins wasn’t part of the team yet and Fili was semi-injured so he was training lightly.

“They both came to mind, because I wanted the Hacran (Dias) fight after (Brian) Ortega was injured. So when Fili won I liked that fight, since it pushed him up the rankings. And I obviously had my eye on Mirsad (Bektic) because of UFC 204, so when Elkins beat him just last week, [Elkins’] name was fresh in my head. Plus, he’s in the top 15.”

It seems clear the 24-year-old doesn’t have anything to settle with either Team Alpha Male fighter, but simply wants a high-profile opponent next after his second Octagon win.

But Fili doesn’t seem to be a fan of Kennedy and a potential fight with him.

Elkins has not publicly responded to Kennedy’s call-out.

Kennedy (10-0) made his long-awaited UFC debut last summer at UFC on FOX 21 against Alessandro Ricci, and scored a decisive decision victory. The bout took place in Vancouver, close to “JBC’s” hometown of Surrey, B.C.

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