Tim Kennedy To Fight Rafael Natal At UFC Fight Night 31
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.01.2013
Kennedy now has his opponent...
MMA Junkie reports that Rafael "Sepo" Natal (17-4-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) has been selected as Tim Kennedy's (16-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) new opponent for UFC Fight Night 31: UFC Fight for the Troops 3. Kennedy was originally set to fight Lyoto Machida, but Machida was moved to UFC FIght Night 30 to face Mark Munoz. The event takes place on November 6 at Fort Campbell, KY. It airs live on FOX Sports 1 after preliminary fights on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook.
When he learned he didn't have an opponent for the event, Kennedy took to Twitter to call out middleweights. One of those fighters was Natal.
He wrote: "Opportunity knocks @rafaelsaponatal. You always win, but no one knows who you are. When I'm done with you, neither will you(Tough guy voice)"
Kennedy said to MMA Junkie: "I love that I'm fighting a guy with beautiful bronze skin. He looks dashing regardless of what he's wearing. Because of that I hate him. I will have to destroy a beautiful thing."
Kennedy debuted in July, beating Roger Gracie by decision. He was briefly set to fight Vitor Belfort before the match with Machida was signed. Natal has won his past three fights in the UFC, getting a decision win over Tor Troeng at UFC Fight Night 28. He was set to fight Ed Herman at UFC 167, who will now get a new opponent.