UFC Fight for the Troops 3 results: Tim Kennedy starches Rafael Natal in the first round

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

On a night with four military veterans competing, only one would emerge victorious in the cage at Fort Campbell, Kentucky at UFC Fight for the Troops 3 (UFC Fight Night 31). UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy emerged victorious after a modest start in his bout with Rafael Natal in the main event on Wednesday night.

In the opening frame of the bout, Kennedy and Natal were content to pot shot one another from afar. There were no takedowns and no real clinches to speak of early. All of that changed, however, towards the end of the round.


More Coverage: UFC Fight for the Troops 3 Results | UFC news
Download MMA Fighting iPhone App


Kennedy, pushing Natal back with his forward pressure, launched into a left hook that connected flush with Natal, sending the Brazilian crashing to the mat. The American followed up, but referee Herb Dean had seen enough and called a halt to the action as Natal essentially laid there taking an extra shot or two. The end came officially at 4:40 of the very first round.

"I'm 100 percent overwhelmed," Kennedy told UFC commentator Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview, which he used to speak to the soldiers in attendance. "Your guys' job is infinitely harder than anything I could ever do in here. I don't deserve to be here. I love you guys so much. You guys are my heroes. You guys are my idols. I'm a Christian. I give the glory to god, but I worship you guys. I love every one of you."

When asked about the bout itself, Kennedy then pushed credit to his coaching.

"Moments before I threw that left hook, I heard coach Wink and coach Brandon - we know that hook well, we trained it - they said, 'Tim, throw it! Tim, throw it! Tim, throw it!' and instinctively listening to my coaches I did what they want. Jackson-Winklejohn want finishes. I got the two best striking coaches," Kennedy said.

"This is what we do. We finish fights."

Kennedy jumps to 17-4 in professional mixed martial arts and Natal drops to 17-5-1.

More from MMA Fighting

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker