Kennedy’s success in the ring typically comes as a result of his grappling. He’s solid when it comes to takedowns, dirty boxing, and submissions. However, Thompson represented an interesting challenge as someone with slick ground-skills as well. Their tilt also served as Kennedy’s Strikeforce debut. As usual, Kennedy rose to the occasion and ultimately forced Thompson to tap out in the second stanza due to strikes.
Wednesday night will mark a monumental moment in UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy’s career. The 34-year old military veteran is on deck to duke it out with Rafael Natalat UFC Fight Night 31 in an opportunity serving as Kennedy’s first headlining slot with the added anxiety of winning in front of his fellow soldiers due to the event’s “Fight for the Troops” billing. Of course, the 16-4 Kennedy works well under pressure based on his background as a Special Forces sniper, and chances are his aim will remain steady when he faces Natal based on similar success in the past. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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