MMAFrenzy’s live fight coverage concludes with our recap of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3 main even pitting Tim Kennedy against Rafael Natal. The former US Army sniper got a huge victory tonight with a devastating knockout victory over Natal in tonight’s FS1 main event.
Kennedy Blasts Natal
UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy left his brothers in arms something to celebrate tonight with a devastating knockout victory over Rafael Natal tonight at Fort Campbell. Kennedy and Natal engaged in a back-and-forth striking battle for the majority of the round but none of the strikes seemed to land flush before Kennedy jumped in a brutal left hook that put Natal down.
Kennedy is now 2-0 in the Octagon and has won three straight fights since dropping a contentious Strikeforce middleweight title fight to champion Luke Rockhold. Natal sees a three-fight win streak snapped by the brutal loss tonight at Fort Campbell.
Rd. 1- Touch of gloves and we’re off. Kennedy catches a Natal kick to throw a punch. Body kick by Natal. Nice counter right Natal. Natal with legkicks but a nice headkick by Kennedy. Sapo warms and lands a nice left. Right by Sapo but Kennedy lands an uppercut. Knee pick takedown by Sapo but Kennedy springs back up. Sapo drops Kennedy with a legkick but Kennedy is back up. Nasty body kick to a hook by Kennedy. Headkick by Kennedy is checked. Hard legkicks by Kennedy now. Spinning backfist from Natal slaps the back of Natal. Kennedy just misses a wheel kick. MASSIVE leaping left hook floors Sapo out of nowhere. Kennedy follows up and the hangar explodes into cheers for an emotional Kennedy.
Tim Kennedy def. Rafael Natal via KO (punch) at 4:40 of Round 1