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Tim Kennedy

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  • Given Name: Timothy Fred Kennedy
  • MMA Record: 18-6-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 38 | Date of Birth: 1979.09.01
  • Last Fight: December 10, 2016 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Jackson Wink MMA
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $524,940 USD
  • Born: San Luis Obispo, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Tim Kennedy MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Rashad Evans UFC 206 2016.12.10
Reason: Evans Not Medically Cleared
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:45 Round 3 of 3, 12:45 Total

Us Kelvin Gastelum
18-5-0 13-2-0

Ca UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2016.12.10
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Rashad Evans UFC 205 2016.11.12
Reason: Evans Failed Medicals
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:58 Round 3 of 3, 10:58 Total

Cu Yoel Romero
18-4-0 8-1-0

Us UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2014.09.27
Odds: -130 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $120,000 ($70K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy | Walkout Music: Alice in Chains - Rooster | Injuries Sustained: Fractured Left Orbital Bone
#14 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC 178 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Gb Michael Bisping
17-4-0 24-5-0

Ca UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Kennedy
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2014.04.16
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:40 Round 1 of 5

Br Rafael Natal
16-4-0 17-4-1

Us UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2013.11.06
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
UFC Fight Night 31 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Lyoto Machida UFC UFN 31 2013.11.06
Reason: Machida Rebooked
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Roger Gracie
15-4-0 6-1-0

Us UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2013.07.06
Odds: -160 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($60K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Kim Winslow
Win | Submission | Choke
1:36 Round 3 of 3, 11:36 Total

Us Trevor Smith
14-4-0 10-2-0

Us Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2013.01.12
Odds: -485 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 ($55K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Mark Carter
#19 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
#40 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
Cancelled Bout Trevor Smith Strikeforce 2012.11.03
Reason: Event Cancelled
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Luke Rockhold
14-3-0 9-1-0

Us Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2012.07.14
Odds: +290 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $54,940 Base | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs (83.7 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Robbie Lawler
13-3-0 18-7-0

Us Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.07.30
Odds: -250 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Choke
3:41 Round 1 of 3

Nl Melvin Manhoef
12-3-0 24-8-1

Us Strikeforce: Columbus
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.03.05
Odds: -325 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Mark Matheny
#48 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
Cancelled Bout Luke Rockhold Strikeforce 2011.03.05
Reason: Kennedy Rebooked
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Br Ronaldo Souza
12-2-0 12-2-0

Us Strikeforce: Houston
Co-Main Event | Vacant Title | Middleweight | 185

2010.08.21
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
3:35 Round 1 of 3

Za Trevor Prangley
11-2-0 22-5-1

Us Strikeforce: Los Angeles
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.06.17
Odds: -180 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs (84.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
2:43 Round 2 of 3, 7:43 Total

Us Zak Cummings
10-2-0 10-0-0

Us Strikeforce Challengers 3: Kennedy vs. Cummings
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.09.25
Odds: -313 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs)
Win | Submission | Punches
2:37 Round 2 of 3, 7:37 Total

Us Nick Thompson
9-2-0 38-10-1

Us Strikeforce Challengers 2: Villasenor vs. Cyborg
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.06.19
Odds: -140 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs (83.5 kgs)
Cancelled Bout Matt Horwich IFL 20 2008.02.29
Reason: Kennedy Military Commitment
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:00 Round 1 of 3

Us Elias Rivera
8-2-0 4-4-0

Us IFL 19: World Grand Prix Finals
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2007.12.29
Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs)
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Us Jason Miller

Us Texas Regional

2007.12.15
Win | Submission | Choke
1:25 Round 2 of 3, 5:25 Total

Us Ryan McGivern
7-1-0 10-4-0

Us IFL 13: Chicago
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2007.05.19
Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs (83.7 kgs)
Win | Submission | Punches
2:29 Round 2 of 3, 6:29 Total

Us Dante Rivera
6-1-0 9-2-0

Us IFL 9: Atlanta
Main Card

2007.02.23
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Hector Urbina

Us FightFest

2006.09.23
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Ryan Narte

Us Extreme Challenge

2003.02.23
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Cruz Chacon

Us Extreme Challenge

2003.02.23
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Jason Miller

Us Extreme Challenge

2003.02.23
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Mack Brewer

Us WEC

2002.10.18
Win | Submission | Choke

Ca Jody Burke

Us International Fighting Championship

2001.11.09
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury

Us Scott Smith

Us International Fighting Championship

2001.08.31

Tim Kennedy Wiki Update Wiki

Tim Kennedy is a middleweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He holds black belts in Japanese Jui Jitsu as well as Modern Army Combatives. Of his seventeen wins, fourteen have been finishes including eight submissions. He has won the "Knockout of the Night" bonus one time.


Long underrated and underrecognized, Tim Kennedy is finally earning his rightful place as a top fighter in the minds of MMA fans. Since turning pro in 2001, Kennedy has turned in dominant performances in almost all of his appearances. Having launched his MMA career fighting out of The Pit -- home to longtime UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell -- Kennedy is one of the only high level MMA fighters who has continued to serve full-time in the United States military during his professional career.


Serving as a sniper in the United States Army, Kennedy was awarded the Army's Bronze Star medal for valor under fire. He is currently a staff sergeant in the Army as well as a lead combatives instructor. When the Army introduced a combatives tournament, he won the light heavyweight division for three years in a row. After conceding that his military commitments had hampered his progress at the highest levels of mixed martial arts competition, Kennedy was graciously allowed by the military to train and compete full-time beginning in 2009.


Throughout his career, he has fought in a number of promotions including WEC, Strikeforce, IFL, ShoMMA and Extreme Challenge. He typically prefers to grapple but is more than willing to strike if necessary. He holds notable wins over Jason Miller, Trevor Prangley, Melvin Manhoef and Robbie Lawler. He lost his professional debut and since has only lost to top flight competition consisting of Jason Miller in a rematch, Ronaldo 'Jacare' SouzaLuke Rockhold and Yoel Romero. All of his most recent loses have been by decision. He squared off against Trevor Smith at Strikeforce's final event where he was able to pick up a third round submission victory. They were originally supposed to fight at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir before the event was cancelled.


With the end of Strikeforce Kennedy signed with the UFC and would take on Roger Gracie at UFC 162 for his first test. He would cruise to a unanimous decision victory and also showed he was not afraid to grapple with Gracie in the process. He was next set to fight at the third installment of the UFC's 'Fight for the Troops' against Lyoto Machida in the main event. Machida was later rescheduled to an earlier card. This left Tim without an opponent so he took to twitter, mildly but playfully insulting a number of fighters in order to get someone to step into the fight. Rafael Natal eventually bit. Despite a slow start to the fight, Kennedy was able to knockout his opponent late in the first round which earned him the "Knockout of the Night" bonus. He would then take on Michael Bisping as the Main Event of UFC Fighter Brazil Finale. Kennedy would pick up his 3rd straight UFC win with a Unanimous Decision victory.  Tim was then matched with Yoel Romero at UFC 178.  He lost by TKO via punches in the third round.

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