UFC Fighter Tim Kennedy Promises to Match Glenn's $50,000 Offer to the Deadspin Fight Winner

Deadspin's trash-talking editor-in-chief may have just talked himself into getting a serious beating.

After lashing out at Ted Cruz in his magazine, Tim Marchman took to Twitter dumping on the Texas senator's supporters and challenging anyone with enough guts to a fight:

That was a big mistake. It wasn't long before Army Ranger turned UFC fighter Tim Kennedy accepted the challenge:

Marchman has suddenly gone silent. But he won't be able to hide forever. Glenn upped the game by promising $50,000 of his own money to the winner's charity of choice.

Kennedy called in to Glenn's radio program Thursday to share where he would want the donated funds to go, assuming he won the fight. He then added a promise of his own.

"Obviously mine---the nonprofit---is going to go to a military/law enforcement-supporting charity. That's where mine is going to go," he said. "And, you know, I'll match yours, Glenn. That's coming from me, Tim Kennedy, as a person, supporting this cause as well."

Watch the clip or read the full segment transcript below.

GLENN: Oh, I love this. Okay. So you're going to love it as well. Ashley Feinberg, she's a writer for Deadspin. She was owned by Ted Cruz two times this week, when she was making fun of Ted Cruz and his basketball skills. And Ted Cruz tweeted back a picture of him -- or, a guy who kind of looked like a young him, a Duke basketball player, and just didn't say anything. Just let it speak for itself.

STU: He said, "What do I win?" He said, "What do I win?"

GLENN: Yeah, lets it speak for itself.

Then Tim Marchman. Tim Marchman is the editor for Deadspin. He writes, "Amazing that low testosterone Ted Cruz enthusiasts are comfortable haranguing Ashley Feinberg, but not me, Deadspin's actual editor. Ted Cruz is a pathetic, expletive. His social media intern's joke was basic, and complaints should go to Marchman at Deadspin.com. Unsurprising that not one Ted Cruz-supporting kuck Twitter user is willing to face me in the UFC octagon. Hundreds of dudes who can't do pushups are tweeting at me, but literally not one has had the brass to send me an email."

PAT: What? Unbelievable.

GLENN: Well, that's when Ted Kennedy -- or, Tim Kennedy does it. He writes --

STU: Ted Kennedy would have been a real story.

GLENN: That would have been a big story, yeah.

(laughter)

STU: Wow. We should have led the show if Ted Kennedy tweeted this one.

GLENN: All right.

He says: I'm your huckleberry. I also take note that you are a pathetic cyber bully. My email is Tim@RangerUp.com. Uh-oh, RangerUp.com.

STU: Uh-oh. Uh-oh.

GLENN: I'm available at your leisure.

So Tim has said: Any time, anyplace, I will meet you.

So I'm going to -- we have Tim on the phone now. Tim, how are you, sir?

TIM: I am spectacular. Good morning.

GLENN: So, Tim, you are Special Forces, a ranger?

TIM: Yes and yes.

GLENN: Yes. And you are an MMA fighter?

TIM: Yes. I'm also -- I've been a special MMA fighter for the past 20 years. And I think for the past ten I've been ranked in the top ten.

PAT: That is --

GLENN: And you're a Ted Cruz fan?

TIM: Yeah. He's a -- he's a fellow conservative from my home state of Texas.

GLENN: Yeah.

TIM: And while we don't agree on all things, I've actually gone to bat for him a couple of times on social media. So, yeah.

GLENN: So here's what I would like to do -- because you're ready to take what's-his-face up?

JEFFY: Yeah, whatever his face's name is.

GLENN: Whatever goes with that face. The editor of Deadspin. You're willing to take him up and fight him anytime, anywhere.

TIM: Yeah. I mean, first, let's look at how pathetic it is that we got to this point. A journalist -- that's an editor for a marginally successful online vlog sphere goes and has to resort to violence, typical of kind of anybody that doesn't have the aptitude to have real rational, logical argument and discussion or have a sense of humor.

So now here we are talking about actually doing a fist fight. And that was an escalation on his part after, I think, a kind of clever and witty response by Ted Cruz's intern. Such a pathetic state that we're in that the editor of Deadspin is going and saying profanity online and lobbing these unfounded accusations and saying really these ugly things just because he can't do anything else.

GLENN: So here's what I would like to offer, Tim. I would like to offer you and the editor of Deadspin to come on in and have a real conversation. And that's nice. We could have a real conversation, and you can discuss things and see if we can be civil.

PAT: Then beat the hell out of him.

GLENN: And then I'm offering a 50,000-dollar prize to the winner for their charity -- charity of their choice, either TheBlaze -- I haven't asked TheBlaze. But either TheBlaze or GlennBeck.com will do pay-per-view. Every dime will go to charity.

(chuckling)

GLENN: And the charity of whoever the winner is, their choice. So if you wants to give it all to Planned Parenthood, I guess he can because I'm going to put my money on Tim, and Tim will win and be able to take it to whatever charity you would like to give it to.

TIM: Yeah. I, of course, am fine with any of that.

You know, things have changed. I normally fight at 180 pounds middleweight. But right now I'm 225 pounds, working full-time as a Special Forces guy again, so as a Green Beret. So my charity would really love that generous contribution. And I appreciate that, you know, from Tim for making that happen.

Yeah, of course. I would love to, you know, at, again, his convenience.

GLENN: Okay. So what I would like all of the audience to do, and we'll reach out this morning as a company to Deadspin. But I'd like everybody to tweet now that we have put a 50,000-dollar prize for a charity of their choice, and we'll do pay-per-view. That will do at least another 50 grand. And we'll do pay-per-view. So it will probably be about 100,000-dollar prize, goes to the charity of be sure choice. That's a great, great offer. And I'd love to have a conversation first, if we can have a civil conversation between the two of you. And then if not, we'll just settle it --

JEFFY: Step into TheBlaze octagon.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: Civil conversation with a Deadspin editor. Good luck with that one.

GLENN: Yeah, I figure it won't -- but let's see if he can grow up and actually have a conversation.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: And then they can get into the octagon and Tim can --

TIM: While I'm not hoping for violence, you know, having been in violent things my entire adult life, I think you're kind of being kind, Glenn. I think unnecessarily. What happened was we had a witty kind of comical satire response from Ted Cruz. And then a dude -- a really -- a nobody gets online and says a whole bunch of ugly things, cussing, throwing accusations, you know, insinuating all sorts of nastiness. And then ultimately threatens people with violence.

PAT: Uh-huh.

TIM: And now we're saying, "Okay. Let's go back to a civil conversation. Let this be the embodiment of kind of who the adults are in this conversation."

Okay. We'll give him that out. Okay. Tim, I would love for your rudeness yesterday, to give you what you asked for. But we all know you don't want to do that.

GLENN: No, wait. Wait. Wait. No, I'm not giving him the -- no, the conversation is part of the deal. If he wants to skip right to the beating, he can. But I as a guy who has turned over a new life would love to have the conversation first.

STU: Can we have the conversation later when he's writhing in pain? Where he has to grown in pain?

GLENN: Well, maybe he beats Tim.

STU: Well, sure, that's possible.

GLENN: He's also a fighter, is he not?

TIM: No, I think he's a fighter of pointless causes with unfounded irrational logic. Not an actual fighter.

(chuckling)

GLENN: Well, those sounds like fighting words to me. That sounds like something that he at Deadspin could not just let sit there on the counter and just go unanswered. Don't you think, Stu? Don't you think, Pat? His honor is at stake.

PAT: No, I think his honor is at stake now. He's got to step out now.

GLENN: Yeah. His honor is at stake.

Hey, Tim --

TIM: You know, I'm not a cosmopolitan. I'm not a fellow HEP statistican. You know, I'm obviously not as capable of understanding the complex concepts of, you know, this thing we have of our republic, which apparently he's the only person that understands. And then if anybody agrees with him, he just says whatever he wants with no repercussions. But I would be fine to have a conversation before or after --

(chuckling)

GLENN: The contest. Okay. So we're offering a guaranteed $50,000. TheBlaze cameras will be there, or the Glenn Beck Mercury cameras will be there if TheBlaze doesn't want to do it. But I'm sure they will. We'll cover it. It will make it an event. We'll make it pay-per-view. Every dime will go right to the charity. So who knows how much you could make.

So I want everybody to tweet to Deadspin today. And what's his name again?

PAT: Tim Marchman.

GLENN: Tim Marchman. He says that everything should be going to -- is it just Tim Marchman? Because he said, it should be go to -- what? Yes, it should be going to Twitter.com/TimMarchman, slash, something or other. I want to get it right --

PAT: That will get them right there. Slash, something or other.

STU: It's got to be just --

GLENN: Hang on. It's just got to be Tim Marchman. Just do @TimMarchman.

PAT: It's @TimMarchman.

GLENN: So do TimMarchman and let him know that his charity could be very, very wealthy if he just wants to complete what he started with his mouth, if he would just like to cash the check that his mouth just wrote.

TIM: I will -- you know, obviously mine -- you know, the nonprofit is going to go to a military/law enforcement-supporting charity. That's where mine is going to go. And I'll match yours, Glenn. So that's coming from me. Tim Kennedy as a person, supporting this cause as well.

PAT: Wow. Wow.

GLENN: So wait. Wait. Wait. I'm offering 50,000. You're offering 50,000 as well?

TIM: Yes. Yes, I am.

GLENN: Holy cow.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: So there's $100,000 --

PAT: And then with the pay-per-view, will be a lot more than that.

GLENN: Yeah, we could make this into a big deal.

PAT: Nice.

GLENN: We could -- there's a possibility of making this into a quarter of a million dollar fight.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: And I'm sure Planned Parenthood would like some of that money, Mr. Marchman. If you can get into the ring with Tim and beat him, you could make a lot of money. I don't want to write a check to Planned Parenthood. Tim, do you want to write a check to Planned Parenthood.

TIM: While I believe women's issues are important and their reproductive protection and right to contraceptives, not overly thrilled with the prospect of writing the check to Planned Parenthood.

GLENN: Yes, thank you very -- what a -- boy, what a nice way --

STU: Great. Yeah, great effort there.

PAT: That's great.

GLENN: Yes, thank you. A lover, not just a fighter.

Okay. Tim, thank you very much. We'll be in touch. And we'll see what Mr. Marchman says.

TIM: Yeah, I'm not hard to find. Unless you're ISIS, then it's a rough night.

(laughter)

GLENN: Thanks a lot, Tim. I appreciate it. Thanks for your service, by the way.

JEFFY: Man, wow, you guys have won me over. I think I'm going to donate some of my money too today. Fifty cents. Fifty cents.

GLENN: Really? You couldn't even do --

JEFFY: He's going to do 50 --

GLENN: You couldn't even do $50.

JEFFY: I can't do that.

GLENN: Right.

STU: Percentage-wise, that would --

GLENN: He's done 50,000. (?) 100,000.50.

STU: That's a large donation.

GLENN: Are you guys going to step to the plate on this?

STU: Well, sure. Yeah.

JEFFY: You think you can maybe match me?

STU: I will match Jeffy. I will match Jeffy right now.

GLENN: Wow. Wow. Don't go overboard here. Don't go overboard.

PAT: With the -- this is -- with the pay-per-view, this is going to be --

GLENN: You know, we should take calls. If anybody wants to match that -- if anybody wants to come and not match his, but if anybody wants to come in -- anybody wants to come in --

STU: And match 50,000-dollar donations?

GLENN: Or no. $1,000. Let's see how much money we could raise for charity. Because I think with the pay-per-view -- how many people do you think -- if we really promoted this, we could get at least 100,000 people, right?

PAT: Oh.

JEFFY: I hope think so.

GLENN: So if we did 100,000 people and say it was even $10. I mean, you're making a lot of money.

STU: Guaranteed the guy doesn't even show up.

PAT: I know. We should probably get the commitment first from Tim Marchman, shouldn't we?

GLENN: I'm not saying sell the deal. Anybody who wants to make the commitment. Let's get -- the prize money is already up to 100,000.

JEFFY: And a dollar.

GLENN: And a dollar. So $100,000 is not something to laugh at. That's not, I'm going to prove -- that's $100,000 for charity.

STU: I have no idea if Tim Marchman cares about donating to charity. He may. I just don't know.

GLENN: Oh, if this guy has a single noodle in his bowl, this guy is -- wants me to write a check to Planned Parenthood.

STU: Or something maybe --

GLENN: Yeah, The Communists of America. He wants me to write that check. So I can't imagine how he's -- how he's going to turn that down, unless he's afraid.

STU: It's been a rough year for the good old Gawker media group, hasn't it?

GLENN: It really has.

STU: Jeez.

GLENN: It hasn't gone well for loudmouths who -- who want to push people over the edge.

STU: Well, it's funny, the Cruz thing (?) of the duke basketball player, with a funny message. And then they responded with eat S.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah. Which was very clever.

STU: Which was very clever. However, the last time they did that, they did that to someone else when they complimented one of their stories. (?) that person became president of the United States in November, or just the other day actually.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


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First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

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John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

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Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


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Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

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-AND-

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For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


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This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.