After prompting a few thousand chuckles recently, by calling out several of the UFC’s top fighters via Twitter, Tim Kennedy finally has a new opponent for UFC Fight Night 31.
The UFC has announced that Kennedy will fight Rafael “Sapao” Natal at “Fight for the Troops” III, which will go down November 6th at Kentucky’s Fort Campbell. Of course, the need for a new opponent arose after Kennedy’s initial opponent, Lyoto Machida, was moved to UFC FN 30 as a replacement for the injured Michael Bisping.
“Sapao” (17-4-1) will be looking to extend his winning streak to four, as the noted grappler is coming off wins over Sean Spencer, Joao Zeferino and most recently Tor Troeng. The last man to defeat Napal was Andrew Craig, who knocked him out with a head kick at a UFC on FUEL TV card in July, 2012.
Kennedy (16-4) is coming off a successful Octagon debut, as the decorated soldier scored a UD win over Roger Gracie at UFC 162 in July. The former Strikeforce contender is 4-1 in his last 5 scraps, which includes a decision win over Robbie Lawler. The only fighter to defeat Kennedy during that stretch is Luke Rockhold.
So, with that, “Fight for the Troops” III has it’s new main event. It’s certainly a big fight for both men.
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