Tim Kennedy scored a huge win on Wednesday night when he was able to score a devastating first-round knockout win over Rafael Natal at UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
It was an emotional win in front of his former Rangers, who was fighting in front of his former brothers in sisters in the armed forces.
After the fight, Kennedy revealed an injury that he had coming in to the fight, which was very severe and could have forced him from the bout. But with his tough attitude and willingness to never quit, Kennedy chose to fight on with a torn quadricep.
“I tore my quad coming into this camp,” Kennedy told the media at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. “The very last week of fight camp, just a stupid thing happened. A lady walked over the track and it was either run over a 65 year-old lady – probably kill her – or try to decelerate in about two meters. I chose to decelerate and just fell to the ground, grabbing my leg screaming not great words.”
Kennedy, however, remained undeterred. The former special forces operator said, come hell or high water, there was nothing that was going to keep him from competing on Wednesday evening. It didn’t matter what condition was ultimately in by fight time.
“If they had to roll me into the cage to fight Natal, I would’ve fought him,” Kennedy continued. “In the cage, once they hoisted me up and lifted me into the cage, Natal would’ve had to shoot me and bludgeon me to death until I quit.
“I’m too dumb to care.”
Kennedy is obviously a tough guy and Dana White has to appreciate his fighting with a serious injury.
If there was a way to reward Kennedy for his efforts, White should schedule him to go up a top contender in the division with the ability to earn a title shot.