As New York City continues to be embroiled in protests and chaos, it comes as no surprise that news regarding a much-anticipated UFC fight may have slipped under the radar- the Saturday fight between Tim Kennedy and Rashad Evans at Madison Square Gardens has been called off.
Kennedy -a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant with the Texas Army National Guard- will be forced to wait a little longer to enter the cage after a two-year hiatus, following reports that opponent Rashad Evans will be sitting the fight out due to undisclosed health concerns.
While both fighters will receive their purse for the fight, Kennedy’s return to the cage has been further delayed- keeping the co-owner of Ranger Up out of the fight even longer since his controversial loss in 2014 to Yoel Romero.
Kennedy has a career mark of 18-5 and is 3-1 in the UFC.
While Kennedy and Evans won’t be fighting, there will still be military veterans on the Madison Square Garden card- Marine Veteran Liz Carmouche will take on Katlyn Chookagian in one of two scheduled preliminary fights.
Saturday had a larger military presence of four former service members under the World Series of Fighting banner -from a nationally-televised card in Loveland, Colorado- as part of the “Who’s the Toughest?” program, where WSOF scouts find up-and-coming MMA fighters who just happen to be veterans.
According to Military Times, Marine veterans Shane Kruchten and Jeremy Mahon were set to fight, as well as Marine veteran Brandon Collins and former Army Ranger Nicholi Navarro.
However, the entire card was canceled, with the promotion reorganizing to a December 31st card in New York CIty that will feature four fights while avoiding a scheduling conflict with the UFC fight.
In addition to his military and MMA career, Kennedy is a business co-owner of Ranger Up apparel and a star in the veteran film Range-15. He is known for his eccentric behavior, including doing a bizarre Black Swan ballet video. The kind of guy you might find swinging on your kid’s swing set at 3AM and singing nursery rhymes in full battle-rattle, Kennedy is someone fans bemusedly have to keep their eye on- both inside and outside the cage.
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