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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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Machida believes that a win over Munoz is a step quicker towards the middleweight ranks

Written on October 09, 2013 by Hector

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Lyoto Machida knows that he will benefit more with a win over Mark Munoz

Lyoto Machida, who was initially booked to face Tim Kennedy says that he accepted the offer to fight Mark Munoz to please his promotion. Munoz is ranked in the upper parts of the division while Kennedy is just about to make his second appearance in the octagon. The former light heavyweight champ believes that he will benefit more from a win over Munoz.

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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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Michael Bisping injured and out for the year, Mark Munoz faces Lyoto Machida in UFC Fight Night 30

Written on September 28, 2013 by Hector

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Michael Bisping suffered an eye injury, Mark Munoz vs. Lyot Machida will headline UFC Fight Night 30

UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping suffered an injury and has pulled out of UFC Fight Night 30. Full details about the injury have not been disclosed but it is reported that the Brit injured his eye weeks prior to his bout against Mark Munoz. It should be noted that Bisping also suffered an eye injury after his technical decision win against Alan Belcher last April.

Meanwhile, Mark Munoz will fight former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida in the headlining bout of the event. Munoz is coming off an impressive unanimous decision win against Tim Boestch after taking a year off the octagon.

The fight will be Lyoto Machida’s middleweight debut. He is originally slated to face Tim Kennedy in the main event of UFC Fight for the Troops 3 that will be held on November 6.

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“Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy” Event Set for July 14

Written on July 05, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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The "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy" event is set to be held at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland

The upcoming “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy” card will now officially take place this July 14 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon. The event will be composed of nine matches.

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Tim Kennedy to Future Opponents: Meet me in the middle and fight me

Written on August 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Tim Kennedy is calling his future opponents to meet him in the middle of the cage and fight him.

Robbie Lawler’s elusive style surprised and frustrated Tim Kennedy on last Saturday’s Fedor vs Henderson tournament. And albeit Tim Kennedy earned a unanimous decision win, he was not happy with how the match went. That said, the Army veteran wants to keep the same thing from happening again by giving a direct messaged to his future opponents: “Meet me in the middle of the cage and fight me.”

See Tim Kennedy’s post-fight press conference video after the jump.

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Strikeforce Post-Fight Interview: Tim Kennedy

Written on March 07, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Tim Kennedy speaks of his victory and what motivated him into going back to the winning side of the cage.

Strikeforce Columbia concluded last weekend. Now, fighters are ready to speak about their vitories. First on our list is Tim Kennedy.

After scoring a huge first-round win over Melvin Manhoef, Kennedy speaks of what motivated him to be on the winning track.

His fight was a rebound after losing the title fight against Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

Kennedy’s post-fight interview video after the skip.

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Tim Kennedy Speaks of the Real Battle

Written on March 02, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Tim Kennedy talks about his battle inside and outside of MMA.

Battles can connote different meanings. It can be physical, emotional or psychological. But inside the octagon, battles are defined in another level.

Tim Kennedy shares his own interpretation of MMA battles. Initially, he served the Army’s 7th Special Forces Group, being assigned in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom; it is also a war but in a different battlefield.

This Saturday, he’ll face Melvin Manhoef on Strikeforce event in Columbus, Ohio. A company called Ranger Up sponsored Kennedy and featured him in a video where he share to people stories his training and preparation for the coming fight. Video after the skip.

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Strikeforce: Columbus Scraps Miller vs Kennedy

Written on February 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Sad news to all Tim Kennedy and Mayhem Miller fans. Your much awaited Miller vs Kennedy bout for Strikeforce: Columbus has been scrapped from the list.

According to a Strikeforce official, the promotion scrapped the Mayhem Miller vs Tim Kennedy for their Ohio event this coming March. Reason for this change was not given, but spokesperson, Mike Afromiwitz, pointed out that the match-up has never been signed in the first place. And albeit Ohio was expected to get the rubber match, the fighters will be shifted to other bouts.

Tentatively dubbed as “Strikeforce: Columbus”, the March 5 event will take place at the Nationwide Arena as part of the promotion’s Ohio debut. The event will headline a light heavyweight fight between Dan Henderson and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, that will air live on Showtime.

What other match-ups would you like to see at Strikeforce: Columbus? Maybe Strikeforce is listening, so let your requests be known by leaving a comment.

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