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Stun Gun 10-02-2013 03:16 AM

Tim Kennedy gets Rafael Natal at UFC's 'Fight for the Troops 3'
 
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Middleweight Rafael "Sapo" Natal (17-4-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) is the winner of the Tim Kennedy (16-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) opponent sweepstakes at "UFC Fight Night 31: UFC Fight for the Troops 3." UFC officials today announced the switch.

Kennedy was left without an opponent when Lyoto Machida was summoned to fight Mark Munoz
 at
UFC Fight Night 30. Rather than wait for a new opponent, he began calling out middleweights on Twitter.

Just about every active middleweight, to be exact.

Brazilian Natal was on that list, of course, and Kennedy messaged an enticement to fight.

"Opportunity knocks @rafaelsaponatal," he wrote. "You always win, but no one knows who you are. When I'm done with you, neither will you(Tough guy voice)"

As it turns out, the UFC was following Kennedy's feed. The soldier now meets the submission specialist at the Nov. 6 event, which takes place at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Kennedy, a former Strikeforce title challenger, is expected to keep his headliner status on the main card, which airs live on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook.

"I love that I'm fighting a guy with beautiful bronze skin," Kennedy told MMAjunkie.com. "He looks dashing regardless of what he's wearing. Because of that I hate him. I will have to destroy a beautiful thing."

In July, Kennedy made his octagon debut against submission specialist Roger Gracie and won an unspectacular decision. He was briefly linked to a fight with Vitor Belfort before getting assigned to
Machida.

Natal, who's won his past three in the UFC, most recently outpointed Tor Troeng at UFC Fight Night 28 and was scheduled to fight Ed Herman next month at UFC 167. Herman's is still expected to fight at the event but will wait on a new foe.

Machida stepped in for an injured Michael Bisping, who suffered a detached retina in training for the
fight. The ex-champ is coming off a controversial decision loss to Phil Davis, while Munoz recently
I like this match up, should be an interesting fight. I think Kennedy wins this though

PheelGoodInc 10-02-2013 03:22 AM

Good. Kennedy 'should' get a win at a fight for the troops event.

Really, how inspiring would it be for a bunch of troops to watch their comrades lose?

JWP 10-02-2013 04:17 AM

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Originally Posted by PheelGoodInc (Post 2319081)
Good. Kennedy 'should' get a win at a fight for the troops event.

Really, how inspiring would it be for a bunch of troops to watch their comrades lose?


agreed but i think as long as they show some heart they are happy

BrianRClover 10-02-2013 07:32 AM

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Originally Posted by PheelGoodInc (Post 2319081)
Good. Kennedy 'should' get a win at a fight for the troops event.

Really, how inspiring would it be for a bunch of troops to watch their comrades lose?

LOL, that was my first thought when I first heard he was fighting Lyoto... "well that's going to be a sour night for the troops"... but this should be a good fight, and should be a winnable fight for Tim.

oldfan 10-02-2013 08:43 AM

Tim must be so disappointed to go from Machida to ....what's his name. And after all of his PR work. Too bad nobody wanted to step up

El Bresko 10-02-2013 09:08 AM

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Originally Posted by oldfan (Post 2319289)
Tim must be so disappointed to go from Machida to ....what's his name. And after all of his PR work. Too bad nobody wanted to step up

Rafael was one of the dudes he called out and is atleast someone Tim could possibly beat. Can't see him winning any fights in the top 10.

oldfan 10-02-2013 09:22 AM

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Originally Posted by El Bresko (Post 2319321)
Rafael was one of the dudes he called out and is atleast someone Tim could possibly beat. Can't see him winning any fights in the top 10.

I should have said too bad nobody I give a **** about stepped up. and I disagree about him not winning any top 10 fights. everyone is hanging on Jacare right now, Tim was right in there with him the whole 5 rounds




Canadian Psycho 10-02-2013 09:30 AM

Tim's fight to lose, imo. Not to say that Natal won't give him a good fight.

ClydebankBlitz 10-02-2013 10:03 AM

Tim could fight me and I'd still be rooting for um.

ReptilianSlayer 10-02-2013 10:53 AM

I wish this whole "fight for the troops" stuff would just end. This is nothing but pro-war propaganda which is resulting in thousands of innocent, decent people losing their lives. This may be a harsh truth, but it is a truth none the less, the masses of troops are just pawns being used by a small group of politicians and private bankers for foreign policy and mass profit. Ultimately, they go to foreign land and murder strangers. That's what war is, and that's what we're "supporting".

The two sides in every war are manipulated and played off against each other, whilst the bankers supporting BOTH sides of the war, sit, observe and rake in the cash. There is nothing to support. We should be supporting our troops by telling them to drop their weapons and return home to their families, this kind of propaganda makes me feel sick to my stomach.

As for the actual fight, I hope Kennedy loses, I've just never liked the guy.


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