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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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