Last night, the UFC held a special event for the troops that fight for our freedom everyday. If you can, please donate to help our wounded soldiers by clicking here. In the main event of the UFC Fight for the Troops, former Army Ranger, Tim Kennedy, fought late replacement, Rafael Natal. In the end, it was one of the more spectacular moments in UFC history.
The event had a special feel to it from the very first prelim fight. The small venue, the crowd of soldiers, and the amazing fights meshed together in perfect harmony. It was one of the more memorable cards the UFC has had in the last few years. Four current or former Army members fought on the card last night in front of their brethren. In between fights, stories of wounded soldiers reminded us all just how grateful we should be to these veterans and current military members. The fights themselves were fantastic from top to bottom. Here is a recap of the main card:
The first fight of the night was a battle between former TUF winners Michael Chiesa and Colton Smith. Smith, who is still active in the military, was looking to bring home a win in front of his adoring fans. Smith has been criticized by fans for his lackluster style, but last night will likely change that sentiment a bit. Chiesa and Smith engaged in an incredible back and forth round 1 in which both men had locked in rear naked chokes. Somehow, both men were able to escape the submissions and round 2 was underway. In round 2, Smith was pushing Chiesa up against the fence when Chiesa hit a beautiful harai goshi (hip toss) that landed Smith right on his head. Smith was noticeably stunned by the throw, and in moments Chiesa had Smith’s back and the rear naked choke sunk in. It was an incredible fight by both men. Official Decision: Michael Chiesa via Rear Naked Choke round 2
Here is a GIF of the finish (courtesy of Zombie Prophet):