Anyone who has been following MMA for awhile is more than familiar with Manhoef despite the powerful Dutchman having never made his way into the Octagon. Manhoef’s stand-up is as frightening as it comes and produced 25 knockouts in 27 total victories. Of course, Kennedy didn’t make the mistake of trading in the pocket with “No Mercy” even though he threw some strikes of his own before quickly taking things to the mat. After action went to the ground, Kennedy made quick work of Manhoef, choking him out with more than a minute remaining in the fight’s first frame.
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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