Strikeforce import Tim Kennedy has made a successful debut in the UFC, as he takes out submission specialist Roger Gracie at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, NV. Here is the full Kennedy vs. Gracie play-by-play.
Gracie takes the center, lands some jabs and gets the takedown. Quickly Roger works for the back, but Tim gets it standing. Gracie gets a double leg and takes the back. The body triangle is locked. Kennedy spins and is now on top as the round comes to an end.
Roger goes for a takedown and its Tim that is able to get top control in scramble. Kennedy is now landing loud, painful shots to the head. The two attempt to work but negate each other on the ground. Ref. Kim Winslow stands them. Kennedy drives it to the cage in the clinch, works knees. Gracie looks to have slowed dramatically.
Tim Kennedy takes advantage of a tired Gracie, making it a clinch game. Kennedy is softening up his opponent and Winslow finally has seen enough and centers them. Kennedy has a hard time reaching his target as he is not able to play the distance game with the much longer Gracie. Kennedy finishes the fight off in another clinch.
Official: Tim Kennedy defeats Roger Gracie via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28 )
Kennedy may have been in some hot water as of late with his employers after criticizing fighters pay, however the temp. is likely lowered as he proves to still be a successful fighter.