Although Tim Kennedy went on to score a thrilling, knockout win over Rafael Natal at UFC Fight Night 31, during the opening minutes of the main event it was the latter who landed more strikes. Well, part of the reason for that could be because Kennedy has revealed he got injured about a week ago. How about that?

Speaking after the “Fight for the Troops” card, the decorated soldier relayed that he tore his quad muscle a few days ago, while dodging a woman on a running track…Considering Kennedy’s military service and how desperately he wanted to fight on the card, it’s not surprising that he didn’t drop out. As a result of everything involved, the injury, fighting in a main event etc, Kennedy revealed afterwards that he was a wee bit nervous (comments via MMA

“I had to wait for the crowd to stop cheering because I was afraid to emotionally commit to something and not do it for the right reasons,” Kennedy said. “They’re screaming, ‘Ranger up! Ranger up!’ And I want to start throwing overhands and blitz the guy. I was waiting for them to stop, and they didn’t stop. Then they started cheering ‘U-S-A!,’ and ‘Kennedy!,’ and I was like, ‘For the love of God.’

“It had a negative effect of me because I was waiting and apprehensive. If there was any amount of pressure that could be put on a single fighter for a fight, I can’t think of a situation that would be more stressful than this.”

Of course, at the end of the day the charismatic fighter emerged with a huge win, and there’s no doubt he’ll be booked to fight another top middleweight next. So who is Kennedy interested in fighting?

“I’m not going to call anybody out right now,” said the Strikeforce vet. “I’m going to wait until I get back to Twitter and Facebook. Then I’m going to fire relentlessly.”

And we all look forward to that good sir.

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