- Tim Kennedy picked up his second win inside the Octagon last night, knocking out Rafael Natal in the first round of their middleweight contest. The victory was especially important to the former Army ranger, as he earned it in front of a crowd of armed services members at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Kennedy was clearly very emotional. He explained to Ariel Helwani in an interview later that night why he was so emotional, and why he was determined to fight through a serious injury to put on a show for the troops.
"I had some serious troubles getting to this cage," Kennedy explained. "My last week of fight camp I tore my quad pretty seriously. To a point where I'm getting massages everyday, not training for the last week. There's no way you're getting me off this card. They would've had to shoot me. If they had to roll me up in a wheelchair, I would've got in that cage; I didn't care. That's not saying I'm tough, that's a testament to how bad I wanted to be in that cage. It was for them."
With his impressive showing last night, Kennedy (who was originally scheduled to fight Lyoto Machida at the event) will no doubt merit a step up in competition his next time out.
- While it's been clear for some time that there's no love lost between UFC president Dana White and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, their feud has taken a much more public and personal turn over the last week. After Eddie Alvarez reclaimed his Bellator lightweight title in the wake of a nasty legal dispute with Bellator, White Tweeted in reference to Rebney: "I'm hearing Djork oops Bjork got served a big fat plate of Karma tonight :) Congrats Eddie!!"
In response, Rebney posted directly to White: "If Fight of the Year & 10 times better ratings than you did on your last televised show is Karma, bring me another plate."
Always one to get in the last word, White answered Rebney's jab on a media conference call this week (props to MMAFighting for the transcription).
"I have no comment on that," White said before making comment. "When I sent that karma text, everybody knows what I was talking about. He tried to f*** this kid [Alvarez], and then he loses. What was he shaking his head about if he was so f***ing pumped about his evening?
"If his evening was that wonderful and he was so pumped about it, why was he back there shaking his head and looked like he wanted to f***ing kill himself?"
- While the debate over the fairness of TRT wages on, at least we know that Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort will be competing on even ground this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 32. MMAJunkie reports that both Henderson and Belfort have been granted therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy for their rematch.
The fight, which will take place in Goiania, Goias, Brazil at the Goiania Arena, will be a revisitation of their 2006 PRIDE bout, which Henderson won via decision.
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