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UFC Fight for the Troops 3 results: Kennedy stops Natal in the first round

Written on November 07, 2013 by Hector

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Tim Kennedy flattens out Rafael Natal in the headline bout of UFC Fight for the Troops 3

Fort Campbell – US Army veteran Tim Kennedy did not disappoint in front of his fellow service man inside the packed Fort Campbell Hangar in Kentucky when he bagged his first KO of the Night honors after knocking out Rafael Natal in the first round of their headlining bout.

Rafael Natal opened the round strong by constantly landing leg kicks to his stalking opponent. Kennedy’s leg has started to show marks from the leg kicks by the middle part of the round. Despite that, the 10 year army veteran continued with his game plan of pressuring his elusive opponent back into the cage. His patience finally paid off in the dying seconds of the first round when he landed a lunging left hook that sent Natal to the canvass. Kennedy followed up with a few strikes to finish him off before Herb Dean steps in to put a halt to the action at 4:40 of the first round. The loss to Kennedy snapped the three fight winning streak of the Brazilian, his record now stands at 17-5, 5-3-1 inside the octagon.

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Rafael Natal headlines UFC Fight for the Troops 3 against Tim Kennedy

Written on October 02, 2013 by Hector

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Rafael Natal chosen as the new opponent of Tim Kennedy

The revamp of UFC Fight Night 30’s card has left Tim Kennedy without a dance partner. Kennedy was supposed to fight Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC Fight for the Troops 3. Machida however was pulled out in the card to fight Mark Munoz two weeks earlier than his originally scheduled middleweight debut.

Kennedy now left without an opponent, immediately calls out every roster in UFC’s middleweight division in his Twitter account. His campaign in the social networking site finally paid off when the UFC has chosen Rafael Natal as his new opponent. The news was first announced in FOXSports.com and was later confirmed by UFC.

The former US Special Force and Strikeforce contender has again twitted the news:

“Opportunity knocks @rafaelsaponatal,” he wrote. “You always win, but no one knows who you are. When I’m done with you, neither will you(Tough guy voice).”

The middleweight showdown between the two is Kennedy’s 2nd fight in the octagon. He won his debut when he outpointed Renzo Gracie last July in UFC 162. His opponent, Rafael “Sapo” Natal has won 5 of his last 6 bouts and has not lost since the start of this year. He has a professional record of 17-4-1 (5-2-1 in UFC).

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Paul Bradley vs Rafael Natal, Set for UFC 133

Written on July 26, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The UFC 133 lineup was shuffled again, as Rafael "Sapo" Natal now faces Paul Bradley.

After Alessio Sakara’s injury forced UFC to shuffle the UFC 133 fight card once again, Rafael “Sapo” Natal will now face Paul Bradley on August 6. The latter’s original opponent, Constantinos Philippou, is now slated to face Jorge Rivera, while the promotion signed Paul Bradley in the card.

Paul Bradley won his last three fights consecutively, while hopping from one organization to another. Rafael Natal, on the other hand, is 0-1-1 in UFC. He was supposed to meet Alessio Sakara at UFC Live on Versus, but a knee injury forced him to withdraw from the match.

UFC 133 will headline a light heavyweight match between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz, and will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.


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MacDonald Out, Bongfeldt In

Written on October 21, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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A change has been made to the upcoming UFC 124 card as Canadian Jason MacDonald has been forced off the card with an unknown injury. Stepping in to replace him will be fellow countrymen Jesse "Water" Bongfeldt.

Canadian fighter, Jason MacDonald has been forced out of the UFC 124 card due to an unkown injury. But fellow Canadian, Jesse Bongfeldt, will step in to replace him. Bongfeldt will now face Rafael Natal in a middleweight fight of the upcoming event. Bongfeldt made his first appearance in UFC, carrying a seven-fight winning streak. However, he haven’t fought since September 2009. He competed in different shows and organizations over the recent years, and holds a submission win over T.J. Grant.

The Jesse Bongfeldt and Rafael Natal match will be part of the preliminary undercard portion of UFC 124 that will be held in Montreal.

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MacDonald vs Natal for UFC 124

Written on October 07, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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MacDonald will be back in action and will face Natal at UFC 124 this December. Can The Athlete's ankle endure the upcoming Tourney, or will Natal find another distress?

UFC middleweight fighter Jason MacDonald is eying his return in the Octagon at UFC 124, and is slated to meet Rafael Natal. Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald is still mending his broken ankle — an injury he acquired at UFC 113 after meeting John Salter. Fortunately, MacDonald has been medically cleared to train since July, and anticipates to return into action this December.

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