UFC Middleweight Tim Kennedy announced his retirement via Facebook on January 17, 2017, following his recent loss to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 206.
In his announcement, Kennedy discusses the hours following his loss at UFC 206 as he made his final decision of retirement while in the ER with colleague Nick Palmisciano. Kennedy stated:
“We had talked about it a lot over the past few years. I’d spoken to Nick, to my wife Ginger, and to Greg Jackson and Brandon Gibson ad nauseam about the coming end. No matter how hard I trained, I knew this ride wouldn’t last forever. But saying it out loud definitely brought me both sadness that this chapter was complete and overwhelming relief that it’s a decision I could make without worrying about taking care of my family.”
Kennedy goes on in his statement to compliment Kelvin Gastelum and his performance at UFC 206, stating he “went out and did all the things I consider myself good at, but did them better.” Kennedy mentioned being “kind of happy” to lose to “a guy like him,” and discussed how Gastelum even reminded him of his younger self.
Kennedy notes receiving a great amount of support from a number of coaches and stated:
I appreciaated their comments and I don’t think they are wrong. I know I am still a good fighter. I know I was away a while. But they didn’t feel what I felt, and that’s being 37. I felt like I was in slow motion the entire match. I felt tired for the first time ever in a fight.”
Kennedy’s mixed martial arts training began at a young age as his father ensured he was active in a number of arts including boxing and jiu-jitsu. Kennedy began to compete in martial arts fights in college, but took a break to join the U.S. Army Special Forces in 2004. Following his completion of Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School, and the Special Forces Qualification Course, he continued his MMA career.
Many know Kennedy to be one of the few fighters who fought in the cage while also serving in the U.S. military, giving mention in his statement to those who assisted him in his training while he was on active duty.
“I want to thank the military community for their support. I’ll never be able to explain how much you motivated me and how much I always tried to make you proud. I’ve been a professional fighter for two decades, but there was no greater moment for me than winning the main event of Fight for the Troops 3. You made me invincible that night. I will keep fighting for you all until the day I die.”
In 2007, Kennedy took another break from fighting to complete Ranger School, which was followed by a number of deployments. In 2009, Kennedy continued his MMA career through Strikeforce, competing in a number of bouts until in 2013 he was brought over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Kennedy’s UFC fights include defeating Roger Gracie at UFC 162, defeating Rafael Natal at UFC Fight Night 30, defeating Michael Bisping at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale, losing to Yoel Romero at UFC 178, and losing to Kelvin Gastelum on UFC 206.
Kennedy’s legacy is far from short as he will continue to be a lasting part of the history of MMA:
So with that, to all of you fighters out there, I am not going anywhere. I love fighting and will always have the heart of a fighter. I am committed to growing our sport and taking care of those who are a part of it.”
Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219
Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.
Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.
Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.
After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) September 23, 2017
Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.
With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:
Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout
Holloway vs Edgar set to headline UFC 218
UFC 218 is set to take place on Saturday, December 2nd, in Detroit, Michigan at the Little Caesars Arena and will be available on pay-per-view.
The event is now set to be headlined by Max Holloway’s first featherweight title defense since he won the belt at UFC 212 against the legendary Jose Aldo. In his first title defense, he will take in another MMA legend in New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar.
UFC 218 will mark Frankie Edgar’s third attempt at winning the featherweight crown, with his first two attempts coming against Jose Aldo at UFC 156 and UFC 200. Edgar will be looking to become a two-weight world champion, having previously been the UFC lightweight champion. He will once again attempt to join an elite group which includes Conor McGregor, B.J. Penn, and Randy Couture as the only fighters to have been champions in two weight divisions.
Edgar is a worthy contender but you have to feel that if Aldo had won at UFC 212 then Edgar may have waited a lot longer for his return to fight for a championship. But with a new champ and McGregor firmly out the picture, the featherweight division can thrive with some new match ups.
And what a matchup this is, as we get to see two incredible fighters with two different styles take each other on, in what could turn out to be one of the fights of the year.
The UFC 218 card is now shaping up nicely as the main event joins Francis Ngannou vs Alistair Overeem on the card. As well as several other bouts such as Alvarez vs Gaethje, Cejudo vs Pettis and Herrig vs Casey.
Will Holloway extend his unbeaten run to 12 fights or will Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar cement his legacy with his second UFC world title? The world will find out on December 2nd.
BREAKING: Carlos Condit Returns to Face Neil Magny at UFC 219
Carlos Condit is back. After almost two years away from the octagon, ‘The Natural Born Killer’ will fight Neil Magny at UFC 219 on December 30th.
Whilst Condit has been amid rumors of retirement ever since his first round submission loss to Demian Maia back in August of 2016, he will be returning to action after all.
Condit’s return was in question, but his recent action on Twitter sparked some noise, when he hinted at a possible return.
what's up big guy…? I'm wanting to fight in December or January… what say you!?
— Carlos Condit (@CarlosCondit) September 19, 2017
‘The Natural Born Killer’ is currently ranked 7th in the welterweight division, he will be facing Neil Magny on December 30th, 2017, which is on the weekend of New Year’s Eve.
This fight adds onto an already-stacked card that is UFC 219, which also includes the return of the former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a rising contender in the strawweight division in Cynthia Calvillo, and Condit’s addition to the card only makes it better.
Both Condit and Magny will be looking to get back on the winning track in this fight. This fight delivers some mix-up in the division, and with Thompson and Masvidal matched up already in the top 5, this fight will give both fighters a great opportunity to jump right back into the title fight. Magny’s last fight was against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 215, where he lost in the first round via arm-triangle choke.
Now with the addition of Condit vs. Magny, here is the line-up so far for UFC 219.
- Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
- Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
- Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
- Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
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