- Wednesday 11.06.2013 at 07:00 PM ET
- U.S. Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 | Prelims: Facebook.com
- Name: UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3
- Also Known As: UFC Fight Night 31: Kennedy vs. Natal
- Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
- Venue: Fort Campbell
- Location: Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States
- Enclosure: Octagon
- TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
- Interviews: Joe Rogan | Backstage: Ariel Helwani
- TV Ratings: 641,000 avg. veiwers
- MMA Bouts: 13
Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts
Honors & Awards
Knockout of the NightTim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal | $50,000 bonus to Kennedy
Fight of the NightJorge Masvidal vs. Rustam Khabilov | $50,000 bonus to each fighter
Submission of the NightMichael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith | $50,000 bonus to Chiesa
Kennedy vs. Natal (13), Nunes vs. de Randamie (5), Camozzi vs. Larkin (4)
Carmouche vs. Davis (12), Chiesa vs. Smith (9), Brunson vs. Houston (1)
Markes vs. Romero (11), Rivera Jr. vs. Roop (7), Bermudez vs. Siler (6)
Masvidal vs. Khabilov (10), Krause vs. Green (8), Edwards vs. Medeiros (3), Baczynski vs. Magny (2)
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This event was the fourth event that the UFC has hosted in cooperation with a US military base, following UFC FIght Night: Sanchez vs. Riggs (2006) UFC: Fight for the Troops (2008) and UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 (2011). It took place at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and featured four current or former members of the US military. Tim Kennedy was in the main event and is a former Army Ranger sniper. Liz Carmouche was in the co main event and is a retired Marine helicopter electrician. Colton Smith was an active Staff Sgt. in the Army. Neil Magny was a Sgt. In the Illinois National Guard.
Tim Kennedy was originally expected to face Lyoto Machida on this card. But the injury of Michael Bisping caused Machida to be removed from the card to fight Mark Munoz. Machida was then Replaced by Rafael Natal. A bout between George Roop and Francisco Rivera, previously linked to UFC 166 was moved to this event to bolster the card.
The fight between Bobby Green and James Krause ended in controversy. Green threw two low blows in the first minute and was deducted a point. When a third appeared to be landed at the 1:13 mark, referee John McCarthy stopped the fight and declared Greem the winner. He later stated that he believed the shot hit the waist line of Krause and not the groin so when Krause fell to the ground screaming, he believed that Krause was verbally submitting therefore making Green the winner by TKO. In a replay of the kick, it appears that the kick hit Krause's shorts line and may have grazed his cup. A rematch between the two is likely.
Average ticket price: N/A
Total fight time: 1:56:41
Betting favorites went 9-3 (one No Contest)
# of decisions: 5
# of T/KOs: 5
# of Submissions: 2
# of fighters making UFC debut: 1
# of undefeated fighters: 1
Fights by weight class:
The $50,000 "of the Night" bonuses:
Knockout of the Night: Tim Kennedy
Submission of the Night: Mike Chiesa
Fight of the Night: Rustam Khabilov vs Jorge Masvidal
Videos & Highlights
Video Blog | Dana White Vlog: Fight for the Troops and UFC: Belfort vs. Henderson report dead link
Watch Dana White's behind-the-scenes blog for UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 and Belfort vs. Henderson 2.
Highlight | UFC Fight For The Troops: Kennedy vs. Natal Phantom Cam Highlights report dead link
Watch this incredible highlight video from UFC Fight Night: Kennedy vs. Natal featuring the Fox Phantom Cam.
Promo Video | UFC Fight for the Troops and Belfort vs. Henderson 2 Trailer report dead link
Watch the joint trailer for Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal and the rematch between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson.
Interview | UFC Fight for the Troops: On Base Day1 report dead link
Watch some entertaining media interviews with UFC starts before UFC Fight for the Troops: Kennedy vs. Natal.
Interview | Fight for the Troops: Media Day Recap report dead link
Watch the media interviews with the headliners from UFC Fight Night: Kennedy vs. Natal.