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UFC Fight For The Troops 3: Tim Kennedy Knocks Out Rafael Natal

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Joshua Lindsey-USA Today Sports

Tonight, for the UFC Fight For The Troops 3 card, Tim Kennedy and Rafael Natal went to war in the middleweight division. Natal landed some good leg kicks in the first, but Kennedy rallied back with a looping left, dropping Natal to the canvas. Natal was out and the ref was forced to step in.

Talk about a storybook ending for Kennedy, who was fighting in front of his own brothers and sisters of the military. This was the biggest stage Kennedy has ever had to perform under. He wanted to fight on this card, and was given a huge opportunity to headline it. It couldn’t have gone any better for Kennedy, who seemed measured in his approach, and this methodical way of fighting proved to be a brilliant move on his part.

For Natal, this is a huge setback for his career. He was looking to score an impressive upset in hopes of moving quickly up the middleweight ladder with a high-profile victory, but it wasn’t meant to be. Now, he will have to rededicate himself to his craft, particularly in the stand-up portion of the fight.

Kennedy showed great patience tonight, landing one of his biggest punches to date. He now moves up the middleweight ladder, and fans can expect him to get a huge step up in competition for his next fight after his impressive KO victory.

Jeremy Green is a MMA and NFL contributor at RantSports. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, or Google Plus.