Tim Kennedy (fighter)

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Tim Kennedy
Tim Kennedy blood donor.jpg
Born(1979-09-01) September 1, 1979 (age 34)
San Luis Obispo, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionMiddleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach74 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofAustin, Texas, United States
TeamJackson's Submission Fighting
Rank

black belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu

black belt in Matt Larsen's Modern Army Combative Program[1]
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins17
By knockout6
By submission8
By decision3
Losses4
By knockout1
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Tim Kennedy
Tim Kennedy blood donor.jpg
Born(1979-09-01) September 1, 1979 (age 34)
San Luis Obispo, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionMiddleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach74 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofAustin, Texas, United States
TeamJackson's Submission Fighting
Rank

black belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu

black belt in Matt Larsen's Modern Army Combative Program[1]
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins17
By knockout6
By submission8
By decision3
Losses4
By knockout1
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Tim Kennedy
Born(1979-09-01) September 1, 1979 (age 34)
San Luis Obispo, California, United States
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army seal United States Army
Years of service2004 – Present
RankArmy-USA-OR-06.svg Staff Sergeant
Unit7th Special Forces Group
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan, Iraq War

Timothy Fred Kennedy (born September 1, 1979) is an American professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the UFC's Middleweight division. He has also formerly competed for Strikeforce, the WEC, the IFC, ShoMMA, HDNet Fights, and represented the Chicago Red Bears in the IFL. Kennedy is one of the few fighters to simultaneously serve full-time in the United States Army while also fighting professionally. As of January 17, 2014, he is #9 in official UFC middleweight rankings.[2]

Background[edit]

Kennedy grew up the second son of three children in a Christian family in Atascadero, California. As a youth, Kennedy’s mother placed him in cooking and piano lessons. To offset her influence on him, Kennedy’s father enrolled Tim and his brother in shooting schools, boxing lessons, wrestling teams, and Japanese jujitsu classes.[3] Kennedy attended Eagle Academy private high school, graduating in 1998. He then attended Columbia College of Missouri, earning a B.A. in criminal justice in 2002. Kennedy began competing in sanctioned mixed martial arts fights while still in college, but after graduation he enlisted in the United States Army, joining the elite Special Forces in 2004. However, he continued to compete in MMA while serving as a Green Beret. When the Army instituted a service-wide Combatives (hand-to-hand fighting) tournament in 2005, Kennedy entered and won the tournament in the Light Heavyweight division. He achieved this goal three years in a row.

Military career[edit]

Tim Kennedy joined the Army on January 4, 2004 and completed Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School and the Special Forces Qualification Course. Tim was featured in Dick Couch's book about Green Beret selection called "Chosen Soldier" under the moniker "Tom Kendall". In 2007, he completed Ranger School[4] and was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group,[5] where he served on Operational Detachments Alpha. During this time he was also a sniper, sniper instructor, the principal combatives instructor for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group. Kennedy deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom multiple times.[6] Among Kennedy’s multiple awards are the Army’s Bronze Star Medal with V device, which was awarded for valor under fire.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kennedy began training at Dokan School of Martial Arts in Atascadero, California under Terry Kelly, and Barry Smith. He began his MMA training in 1999, training with Chuck Liddell, Jake Shields, Gan McGee, and John Hackleman at The Pit in San Luis Obispo.[8]

Kennedy first started fighting in 1996 and had 31 amateur fights, amassing a record of 30-1[citation needed] before his first professional fight in 2001. In 2003 he entered and won a one-night tournament at Extreme Challenge 50, winning all three of his fights. In 2004 he joined the Army. Kennedy only fought once in 2006. He then fought for the now defunct International Fight League in 2007, and did not fight in 2008 due to Army deployments overseas. During this time he wrote a three part series of "Letters from a Foreign Land" that chronicled his time in combat.[9][10][11]

Strikeforce[edit]

Kennedy returned to mixed martial arts in 2009 with a win over Nick Thompson at Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg in Kent, Washington. He followed this up with an impressive win over Zak Cummings in the main event of ShoMMA 3.

Kennedy fought Trevor Prangley on June 16, 2010 at Strikeforce: Los Angeles.[12] Kennedy won the fight via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in the first round.

Since his move to Austin, Texas, Tim has been training at Competitive Training Center and with BJJ black belt Phil Cardella at the Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Austin Association.[13]

Kennedy lost a 5-round decision to Ronaldo Souza for the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship at Strikeforce: Houston on August 21, 2010.

Kennedy was expected to face Jason Miller again on March 5, 2011 at Strikeforce 32. However, Miller was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Melvin Manhoef. He won via submission in the first round.

Kennedy returned in July 2011 to face Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. He won the bout via unanimous decision.

Kennedy faced Luke Rockhold on July 14, 2012 for the Strikeforce Middleweight championship at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Kennedy was expected to face Trevor Smith on November 3, 2012 at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir.[14] However, the event was cancelled due to injuries to headliner Frank Mir, as well to co-headliner and middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.[15] This bout eventually took place on January 12, 2013 at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine.[16] Kennedy won via submission in the third round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In January 2013, the Strikeforce organization was closed by its parent company Zuffa. A list of fighters scheduled to be brought over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship was released in mid-January and Kennedy was one of the fighters listed.[17]

Kennedy faced Roger Gracie on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162, he defeated Gracie via unanimous decision after defending Gracie's submission attempts and standing up with Gracie, out striking him.[18]

Kennedy was expected to face Lyoto Machida on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight For The Troops 3.[19] However, Machida was pulled from the bout in favor of a matchup with Mark Muñoz on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30, after Muñoz's original opponent, Michael Bisping was forced out of their bout with an injury.[20] Kennedy instead faced Rafael Natal in the event headliner.[21] He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned him his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Kennedy has two daughters. He fathered Sabrina with female mixed martial artist Casey Noland.[23]

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win17–4Rafael NatalKO (punch)UFC: Fight for the Troops 3November 6, 201314:40Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United StatesKnockout of the Night.
Win16–4Roger GracieDecision (unanimous)UFC 162July 6, 201335:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win15–4Trevor SmithSubmission (guillotine choke)Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. SaffiedineJanuary 12, 201331:36Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss14–4Luke RockholdDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. KennedyJuly 14, 201255:00Portland, Oregon, United StatesFor the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
Win14–3Robbie LawlerDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce: Fedor vs. HendersonJuly 30, 201135:00Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win13–3Melvin ManhoefSubmission (rear naked choke)Strikeforce: Feijao vs. HendersonMarch 5, 201113:41Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss12–3Ronaldo SouzaDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce: HoustonAugust 21, 201055:00Houston, Texas, United StatesFor the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
Win12–2Trevor PrangleySubmission (rear naked choke)Strikeforce: Los AngelesJune 16, 201013:35Los Angeles, California, United States
Win11–2Zak CummingsSubmission (north-south choke)ShoMMA 3September 25, 200922:43Bixby, Oklahoma, United States
Win10–2Nick ThompsonSubmission (punches)ShoMMA 2June 19, 200922:37Kent, Washington, United States
Win9–2Elias RiveraKO (punches)IFL: World Grand Prix FinalsDecember 29, 200712:00Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss8–2Jason MillerDecision (unanimous)HDNetFIGHTS: Reckless AbandonDecember 15, 200735:00Dallas, Texas, United States
Win8–1Ryan McGivernSubmission (guillotine choke)IFL: ChicagoJune 19, 200721:25Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win7–1Dante RiveraSubmission (punches)IFL: AtlantaFebruary 23, 200722:29Atlanta, Georgia, United StatesFought at Light Heavyweight.
Win6–1Hector UrbinaKO (punches)Fight Fest 7September 23, 200611:28Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win5–1Cruz ChaconTKO (punches)Extreme Challenge 50February 23, 200321:21Salt Lake City, Utah, United StatesWon Extreme Challenge Middleweight Tournament.
Win4–1Jason MillerDecision (unanimous)Extreme Challenge 50February 23, 200335:00Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win3–1Ryan NarteTKO (punches)Extreme Challenge 50February 23, 200311:22Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win2–1Mack BrewerTKO (punches)WEC 5October 18, 200211:03Lemoore, California, United States
Win1–1Jody BurkeSubmission (forearm choke)IFC: Warriors Challenge 16November 9, 200110:44Oroville, California, United States
Loss0–1Scott SmithTKO (doctor stoppage)IFC: Warriors Challenge 15August 31, 200112:53Oroville, California, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tim Kennedy - Official UFC® Fighter Profile". Ufc.com. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  2. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  3. ^ Morgan, Adam. "Tim Kennedy: Full Time Soldier, Full Time Fighter". Five Ounces of Pain. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Annual Ranger Muster 2010" (Press release). US Army Ranger Association. 2010. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  5. ^ "TIM KENNEDY - SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW". Blackfive.net. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  6. ^ Malone, Kieran. "After returning from Afghanistan, Strikeforce's Tim Kennedy returns to MMA action Friday". Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  7. ^ Snowden, Jonathan. "Tim Kennedy: Army Strong". Total-MMA.com. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  8. ^ Chiappetta, Mike. "Army Green Beret Tim Kennedy Restarts MMA Career With Strikeforce". MMAFanhouse.com. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  9. ^ Kennedy, Tim. "I am Deployed Again, Part I". RangerUp.com. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  10. ^ Kennedy, Tim. "I Am Deployed Again, Part II". RangerUp.com. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  11. ^ Kennedy, Tim. "Tim Kennedy Deployed, Part 3". RangerUp.com. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  12. ^ "Kennedy vs. Prangley at "Strikeforce: Los Angeles" on June 16". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  13. ^ Michelle Tan (27 May 2010). "Details of Tim Kennedy's next fight announced". blogs.militarytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  14. ^ Strikeforce adds Tim Kennedy vs. Trevor Smith to Nov. 3 Oklahoma Fight Card MMAWeekly.com (September 20, 2012)
  15. ^ Strikeforce cancels Nov. 3 event in Oklahoma City, plans January return MMAJunkie.com (October 12, 2012)
  16. ^ Larkin-Souza, Kennedy-Smith added to January Strikeforce card by Matt Erickson (MMAJunkie.com) on November 29, 2012
  17. ^ "UFC Reveals List of Strikeforce Fighters Making Jump to Octagon". sherdog.com. January 16, 2013. 
  18. ^ Staff (2013-03-04). "Roger Gracie To Fight Tim Kennedy At UFC 162". fightofthenight.com. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  19. ^ Staff (2013-08-21). "Lyoto Machida drops to 185, meets Tim Kennedy at UFC Fight for the Troops 3". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  20. ^ Staff (2013-09-27). "Michael Bisping out at UFC Fight Night 30, Lyoto Machida now faces Mark Munoz". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  21. ^ staff (2013-10-01). "Tim Kennedy gets Rafael Natal at UFC's 'Fight for the Troops 3'". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  22. ^ Staff. "UFC Fight Night 31 bonuses: Kennedy, Chiesa, Khabilov, Masvidal win $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-06. 
  23. ^ "Noland to fight in front of home crowd at Cal Poly". Sanluisobispo.com. 2010-05-18. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 

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