When Jeremy Kennedy found out the Ultimate Fighting Championship would be holding an event in Vancouver, he started spending a lot more time in the gym.
The mixed martial arts fighter based in Surrey, B.C., had a hunch there might be a spot for him in the show.
“I was hoping to get picked up the whole time,” said Kennedy, 23. “I was training without a fight being booked.”
A few weeks later, he got the offer he’d been hoping for: a contract with the UFC, with a spot on the fight league’s upcoming event at Rogers Arena.
“I got a call from my manager — he said there’s an opportunity [to fight in the UFC],” said Kennedy, who trains at Revolution MMA in Langley.
But there were some conditions to the offer.
“I have to jump up a weight class,” he said. “But if the UFC calls, you don’t second guess. You just jump all over it.”