It’s been about a year since UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy has been seen in the Octagon.
But the Texas native, who served in the US Army Special Forces, has been busy on other fronts, including television and movie work, as well as operating as a private contractor for military work.
Yesterday, Kennedy appeared on “Show Before The Show” on KLBJ in Austin and was asked about what he’d change about today’s MMA climate.
“I think the golden era of MMA was during PRIDE, Strikeforce, IFL, WEC and UFC all as big a promotions,” he said. “There was competition from the promotions for athletes, and the story was always the athletes, not the promotion. It wasn’t about the promotion’s belt, it was about the fighters and their journey. You saw Chuck Liddell go to PRIDE and fight in their tournament. He came up short, and won the UFC title. What an amazing story. It was so much more profitable for the fighters.”
“Now, we have one promotion that’s dominant in the UFC,” Kennedy said. “You have another in Bellator that’s trying, Scott Coker who was my old boss in Strikeforce. I like having competition, that’s what this economy is based off.
Kennedy also took the time to promote a benefit event — a charity workout — he has planned for October 3 at Onnit Academy.
“I had two buddies, George Vera and Andrew McKenna,” Kennedy explains. “They’re quintessential warriors. These guys personify what it is to be a warrior. They were in Afghanistan teaching Afghanis how to be police officers. The Taliban don’t like any law but theirs, so they came in to blow up the police academy. Bombs went off, both of my buddies get shrapnel, a whole bunch of Afghanis die, and what do green berets do? They pop up with their guns and run towards the gun fire, slaying every single evil dude they see.”
“Both got shot, got up, kept going,” he continued. “Repeat five or ten minutes. This is medal of honor stuff, but they’re doing it for Afghanis and the medal of honor can’t be awarded for someone who does that stuff for non-Americans. George is alive; Andrew died. Andrew was my very good friend.”
“He’s in Walter Reed (Hospital); and he’s getting better, but he got shot eight times,” he sighs. “Craziness. We are doing an event October 3 at Onnit Academy in South Austin, and every cent is going to George’s wife. Green Beret Foundation is involved, Veteran Outdoors is involved, everyone here in the Austin area is helping. They’re doing it 100% for the troops. It will be 10:00 AM, so come and have some fun for a good cause.”