Tim Kennedy was the perfect man to headline Wednesday’s UFC Fight For The Troops event at Fort
Campbell, and the US Army Green Beret made the most of the
opportunity to deliver an impressive performance for his brothers
and sisters in arms.
In the late stages of what had been a tactical, back-and-forth
first round with Rafael Natal, Kennedy closed the distance on the
Brazilian and caught him on the button with a beautiful left hook.
Natal crashed to the canvas, and Kennedy pounced, forcing referee
Herb Dean to step in and stop the fight.
The victorious military man swiftly climbed onto the top of the
fence to tell the troops in attendance how much he appreciated them
and revel in the excitement of his blistering finish.
Kennedy has now earned consecutive wins inside the Octagon, and
three straight overall, but none more impressive than this. In
halting Natal’s winning streak, the 34-year-old Team
Jackson-Winkeljohn representative should find himself battling for
a spot in the middleweight division’s Top 10 when the new
media rankings come out on Monday.
After the previous three current and former soldiers on the
fight card came away on the wrong side of the results,
Kennedy’s first-round stoppage win over the surging Natal was
an exciting way to cap what was a tremendous night of fights
designed to give back to the men and women that serve this country
and raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.