Kennedy made his UFC debut at one of the organization’s biggest shows of the year and it included the unenviable task of dealing with a submission-specialist with Gracie’s credentials. Gracie also entered the Octagon as the bigger man based on his history at 205 pounds. Still, size mattered little when it counted, as Kennedy was able to control the action and pick up a decision win.
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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