Jul 7, 2013 12:22 AM by Bill Halter

Central Coast native Tim Kennedy wins UFC debut

Atascadero native Tim Kennedy entered the UFC with big expectations and the 33 year old delivered in his debut fight at UFC 162. Kennedy won a unanimous decision against Roger Gracie, the judges scored it 30-27, 30-37, 29-28.

Kennedy got into trouble in the first round of the middleweight bout as Gracie had him in a full back mount. Kennedy was able to avoid the choke and even rolled into his guard. Kennedy dominated the second and third rounds.

Kennedy opened round two with some kicks and took Gracie down. He landed some big punches and an elbow. Kennedy scored another takedown in the second round before Gracie locked him up and they clinched until the horn.

Kennedy landed some kicks in the third round. Gracie briefly got a takedown but Kennedy popped up immediately. Gracie ended the match looking more tired than Kennedy.

Kennedy is now 16-4 in his professional career. The former Army Ranger trained in mixed martial arts fighting at The Pit in San Luis Obispo with Chuck Liddel and John Hackleman.



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