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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.Read the rest of the article »
MMA veteran Tatsuya Kawaijiri signs with UFC. He will be making his promotional debut in UFC's first ever event in Singapore
Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri has finally signed with the biggest MMA organization after 13 years of MMA career. Crusher, who was once considered as one of the best 155 lb fighters in the world has started fighting in the Shooto organization. Kawajiri has also competed in Pride FC’s 2005 lightweight Grand Prix. He was defeated by Takanori Gomi in the quarterfinals of the said tournament.
He later competed in Dream and Strikeforce where he went into title contention only to be turned back by Shinya Aoki and Gilbert Melendez. Since then, Kawajiri racked up 5 straight wins including a decision win over Michihiro Omigawa in the final event of Dream. The 35 year old Japanese holds victories over Yves Edwards, JZ Cavalcante, Joachim Hansen and Josh Thomson. His professional record currently stands at 32-7-2. Kawajiri is rumored to make his first octagon appearance in UFC’s upcoming Singapore debut on January 4, 2014.
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Yves Edwards vs. Rafaello Oliveira, slated for UFC on versus 6 event in Washinton.
After suffering from their current misfortunes, two MMA fighters are now set to regain victories inside the Octagon. Yves Edwards (40-17-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and Rafaello Oliveira (14-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) verbally agreed to meet at the upcoming UFC on Versus 6 event, which will be held at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on October 1. The evening’s main card, which highlights the most anticipated match-up between Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson, will be aired on Versus.
The Edwards vs. Oliveira bout will be included on the night’s preliminary card.
Yves Edwards is currently holding a three-fight win streak, which includes his UFC victories against Cody McKenzie and John Gunderson, and Bellator fighter Luis Palomino. Unfortunately, he attained a knock-out loss over Sam Stout during the UFC 131 way back in June 2011 – the said loss entitled Stout as the evening’s “Knockout of the Night.”
His contender, Rafaello Oliveira, is indeed much ready to win his upcoming match – which is considered to be the only way of preventing his resignation under the promotion. The “Tractor” was released by UFC last March 2010, following two decision losses. During the UFC 130 event in May 28, 2011, he was called again by the promotion to replace the injured Bart Palaszewski – wherein he ended up being submitted by Gleison Tibau via a rear-naked choke technique.View Article Source »
It's now official! Longtime UFC competitor Yves Edwards will meet Canadian kickboxing ace Sam Stout in a lightweight duel at UFC 131.
Yves Edwards, inventor and master of “Thug Jitsu”, is one of MMA’s veterans. He has 57 professional fights in his resume, and has fought for organizations like King of the Cage, SuperBrawl, Pride Fighting Championships, and Elite XC. Yves Edwards made his UFC debut in 2001, but was defeated by Matt Serra via split decision.
On the other hand, Sam Stout is best known for his back-to-back “Fight of the Night” performances against Spencer Fisher in 2006 and 2007. He is a five-time FOTN winner, and has won three of his last four fights.Read the rest of the article »
“I’m not a matchmaker, but I think this is a damn good fight. He’s got a lot of heart and doesn’t go down easy. I’ve got a lot of heart and I don’t go down easy. So the fight’s going to be a scrap.” - John Gunderson
After John “Quick Guns” Gunderson claimed his first UFC victory, he’s ready to put them all behind to face the next challenge. When it comes to his succeeding match, confidence can be a good thing as he will be facing Yves Edwards at UFC Fight Night 22 on September 25, in Austin, Texas. Exclaiming that this will be a good fight and extolling more of Edwards’ virtues, Quick Guns admitted that he doesn’t have a clear-cut advantage against his contender. However, Gunderson is intent on not making his victory his only one. But however the fight might turn out, Gunderson feels that this is the type of match that fans should not miss.View Article Source »
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