UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy’s epic quest to find an opponent has come to a close as Rafael “Sapo” Natal will step into the main event at UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3. UFC officials announced the switch after Kennedy’s original opponent, Lyoto Machida, was redirected to the UFC Fight Night 30 main event opposite Mark Muñoz.
The pairing will remain in the main event spot for the November 6 card. Natal was originally expected to face Ed Herman at UFC 167 before being moved, no word on whether Herman will remain on the card or if he will be moved to a later date.
The UFC’s third “Fight for the Troops” event will take place at the home of the legendary 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The fight card will air live on November 6 via FOX Sports 1, with the preliminary card likely landing on Facebook.
UFC Fight Night 31 Fight Card:
Main Card (FOX Sports 1 7PM ET)
- Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal
- Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
- Ronny Markes vs. Yoel Romero
- Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal
- Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1 5PM ET)
- Bobby Green vs. James Krause
- Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop
- Dennis Bermudez vs. Steven Siler
- Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
Preliminary Card (Facebook 3:30PM ET)
- Chris Camozzi vs. Lorenz Larkin
- Yves Edwards vs. Yancy Medeiros
- Seth Baczynski vs. Neil Magny
- Derek Brunson vs. Brian Houston