Tim Kennedy Fought In The Main Event Last Night With A Torn Quadriceps

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Tim Kennedy wanted to fight last night at UFC Fight Night 31: Fight For The Troops 3 more than life itself. What people didn’t know is that Kennedy literally meant as he announced after his main event victory against Rafael Natal that he suffered a torn quadriceps a week before the fight.

“I tore my quad coming into this camp,” Kennedy told the media after the card. “The very last week of fight camp, just a stupid thing happened. A lady walked over the track and it was either run over a 65 year-old lady, probably kill her or try to decelerate in about two meters. I chose to decelerate and just fell to the ground, grabbing my leg screaming not great words.”

After the incident Kennedy was still going to fight regardless if people told him to bow out of the fight. The middleweight contender and his team did everything anything to make sure he was ready for fight night.

“If they had to roll me into the cage to fight Natal, I would’ve fought him,” Kennedy stated. “In the cage, once they hoisted me up and lifted me into the cage, Natal would’ve had to shoot me and bludgeon me to death until I quit.

“We did everything that we could, like crazy, wacko stuff. “You would’ve had to kill me to prevent me from getting in that cage tonight. I swear to god.”

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UFC Fight Night 31 Video Highlights

UFC Fight Night 31 took place last night at the base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The main event featured Tim Kennedy defeating Rafael Natal in the co-main event and in the co-feature, Alexis Davis defeated Liz Carmouche.

In the videos above are highlights of Kennedy and Natal, Davis and Carmouche, Rustam Khabilov and Jorge Masvidal and Yoel Romero and Ronny Markes.

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UFC Fight Night 31 Bonuses: Tim Kennedy Heads List of $50,000 Winners

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Tim Kennedy defeated Rafael Natal by TKO last night in the main event of UFC Fight Night 31. For his victory, Kennedy earned a $50,000 bonus for Knockout of The Night along with Michael Chiesa won Submission of The Night and Jorge Masvidal and Rustam Khabilov won Fight of The Night got the same amount as Kennedy.

Chiesa kicked off the main card and defeated Colton Smith in lightweight action by a rear naked choke in the second round. It was a great for bonuses for the lightweight as Masvidal and Khabilov had a war with Khabilov winning a very entertaining unanimous decision. UFC President Dana White said during the post-fight press conference stated it was tough to pick a fight of the night due to a lot of great fights, but went with Masvidal and Khabilov.

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UFC Fight Night 31 Results: Tim Kennedy Stops Rafael Natal In Main Event

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Tim Kennedy really wanted to fight on UFC Fight Night 31: Fight For The Troops 3 that he pleaded and begged UFC brass for the chance to be on the show. Kennedy who was apart of The United States Army and was apart of the Army Special Forces defeated Rafael Natal in the main event of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 31 round by TKO in the first.

The opening round begins with Kennedy throwing a kick then a right hand. Each guy misses a hook. Natal with an right outside leg kick and Kennedy counters with a high kick. Kennedy misses wildly with an overhand right and natal lands a body shot. Kennedy lands an uppercut and natal then throws a body kick.

Kennedy misses with a hook and Natal briefly takes down Kennedy who gets right back up. Natal throws a right outside leg kick with Kennedy falling down briefly. Kennedy then lands a body kick. another left outside leg kick by Natal. Each guy lands an outside leg kick. Each guy missing kicks and trying to find their range.

Kennedy lands a leaping left hook that floors Natal. Kennedy pounces and lands some ground and pound punches, with referee Herb Dean stopping the fight. Kennedy celebrates wildly and jumps on top of the cage and points to the troops.

Tim Kennedy defeats Rafael Natal by TKO at 4:40 of Round 1.

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UFC Fight Night 31 Weigh-In Results: Tim Kenendy and Rafael Natal Set For The Main Event

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UFC Fight Night 31 takes place tomorrow night at the Sabre Air Field at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Weigh-ins took place a short time ago, with all 26 fighter making weight to make their fights official. Here is what each fighter weighed in at.

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
• Tim Kennedy (186) vs. Rafael Natal (185.5)
• Liz Carmouche (135) vs. Alexis Davis (134)
• Ronny Markes (185.5) vs. Yoel Romero (185.5)
• Rustam Khabilov (155) vs. Jorge Masvidal (155.5)
• Michael Chiesa (156) vs. Colton Smith (155.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)
•Bobby Green (155) vs. James Krause (155.5)
•Francisco Rivera (136) vs. George Roop (135.5)
•Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Steven Siler (146)
•Amanda Nunes (136) vs. Germaine de Randamie (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebooj.com, 3:15 p.m. ET)
•Chris Camozzi (186) vs. Lorenz Larkin (185)
•Yves Edwards (156) vs. Yancy Medeiros (156)
•Seth Baczynski (171) vs. Neil Magny (171)
•Derek Brunson (186) vs. Brian Houston (185)

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UFC Fight Night 31 Weigh-Ins Live on BetweenTheRopes.com At 5 PM ET

UFC Fight Night 31: UFC Fight for the Troops 3 takes place tomorrow night at Fort Campbell Army Base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The main event will feature Tim Kennedy battling Rafael Natal in middleweight action.

Before the action takes place, the fighters will weigh-in today to make their fights official. Weigh-ins will start at 5 p.m. ET and will take place from the Sabre Air Field at Fort Campbell.

You can watch the weigh-ins live on the video stream above.

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