Following his first round knockout victory over Rafael Natal, Tim Kennedy displayed lots of emotion in front of his fellow servicemen and women on Wednesday night at Fort Campbell. The U.S. army special forces soldier jumped on the cage and roared passionately at the crowd as they returned their affection by cheering for the victorious American.
What made the win even more impressive was the revelation that Kennedy had suffered a torn quad muscle a week before the fight from dodging a woman while running on the track. Despite the injury, the stubborn thirty-four year old refused to back out of the fight.
Fighting in front of his fellow soldiers, and overcoming a serious injury made the win exceptionally emotional.
“Nick Palmisciano, the owner of (sponsor) Ranger Up, he was in my corner with me. I hop over the cage, and the dude’s crying. This is a dude from West Point, big Ranger tough guy, and 100 percent overwhelmed with emotion. He was as emotionally connected to this event as I was. He had the same stresses as I did. He had to put up with me being skinny and a little bitch the whole entire time, so it’s way overwhelming,” according to MMAJunkie.com.
This latest win over Rafael Natal advances Kennedy’s UFC record to 2-0. As of yet, the UFC has not announced who his next opponent will be.