In remembrance of the service men and women of the U.S.armed forces, SciFighting.com will showcase 5 key soldiers of valor who not only have fought professionally but for the freedoms and rights that this country gets to enjoy today. These warriors mentioned are born and bread, tried and true and bleed but only three colors; Red, White and Blue.
Tim Pawlenty was quoted saying, “History has taught us over and over again that freedom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ultimate protectors of freedom and liberty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Throughout our history, they’ve answered the call in bravery and sacrifice.”
Not all heroes wear capes.
Jorge Rivera (20-9) served as a 19k Armored Cavalry Scout with the Armor of A/1-70 at Louisiana’s Fort Polk. He assisted in the re-location of the unit from Fort Polk to it’s then new destination of Fort Hood in Texas. Being a Calvary Scout entails being the Commander’s senses in the battle, they also combat the enemy with anti-armor weapons and scout vehicles. Scouts also take note and follow enemy movement while maintaining the safety of the transport ammunition. Rivera defeated TUF Season 4 Champion, Travis Lutter, early in his career then in his UFC debut he defeated former Ultimate Fighting Champion Middleweight number 1 contender, David Loiseau. Then Jorge knocked out TUF Season 3 Champion, Kendall Grove and TKO’d former another former UFC Middleweight number 1 contender in Nate Quarry all part of a 15 fight UFC career.
Brian Stann (12-6) was a Lieutenant assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines. He also commanded the 2nd Mobile Assault Platoon, and while his unit was carrying out “Operation Matador” in an attempt to secure Ramana Bridge, they were ambushed by insurgents. Stann and is crew had to lay low for 6 days under heavy fire, but in the end they were able to bring in air and tank support. All 42 of Stann’s men survived the ambush and the act of courage garnered national attention from then President George Bush Jr. and an episode of “Iraq’s Most Wanted” tv show on the History Channel. Brian recieved The Silver Star for his efforts, which is the 3rd highest award for valor in combat. Stann went on to the WEC to pursue an MMA career where he became the promotions Light Heavyweight Champion, then to the UFC where he knocked out longtime Ultimate Fighting Champion veterans, Chris Leben and Alessio Sakara.
Tim Kennedy (18-4) while serving in the Army, mastered Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School as well as the Special Forces Qualification Course. His feats were featured in a book written by Dick Couch, titled “Chosen Soldier, Tim completed Ranger School and was given to the 7th Special Forces group where he was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kennedy was also deployed Operation Enduring Freedom and multiple times for both. Tim has amassed the Army’s Bronze Star Medal with V device, meaning valor under fire, among many other awards in his service career and when the Army introduced a service wide Combative Tournament (hand-to-hand combat) Kennedy won the tournament as a light heavyweight….3 straight times. The Army Green Beret has defeated the outspoken, Jason “Mayhem” Miller in competition and he’s fought twice for the Strikeforce Middleweight title. Kennedy was able to put away feared strikers Robbie Lawler and Melvin Manhoef, and since joining the UFC he’s gone 3-0, most recently defeating big mouth Britain native, Michael Bisping at TUFNF via unaimous decsion in April as he inches ever closer to a UFC Middleweight title shot.
Liz Caramouche (9-5) spent 5 years as a Marine Corps Helicopter Electrician, and 3 of the 5 were spent an Iraq from inspecting, testing, repairing and all aspects in between everything to do with the service battle and transport Helicopters. Liz has fought for both the Strikeforce and UFC Women’s Bantamweight Titles. She was undefeated in the Women’s MMA promotion of Invicta FC, defeating Kaitlyn Young by rear naked choke and Ashleigh Curry via TKO. She then defeated Jessica Andrade in Jessica’s highly touted UFC debut.
Randy Couture (19-11) served 6 years in the Army and attained the ranking of Sergeant of the 101st Airborne. Couture was molded to direct the movement traffic in the skies so that vehicles off the ground stayed a safe distance apart. 4 following years of service Randy served to represent the Army in national and international wrestling competitions. Arguably one of the most decorated and pivotal components of bringing the sport of MMA to the mecca of what it is today, Randy has held the UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Titles 3 times a piece, he was the UFC 13 Heavyweight tournament Champion. He holds records for; Most title reigns in UFC History at 5, most championship fights at 15, oldest fighter to win a UFC title at 43, oldest to defend a title at 44 and oldest to win a fight at 47. He is the first UFC fighter to hold championships in 2 different weight classes and has headline the most events in Ultimate Fighting Championship history. Couture was enshrined into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2006.
These are but only a few that have served both time in MMA and in protecting our fair country, please take time out of this day and cherish not only what you have but also what was fought for, for you to enjoy.
SciFighting would like to extend a “Thank You” to all vets that have served, past or present.