Tim Kennedy, one of the most colorful figures in MMA, announced, on Tuesday, his retirement from the professional scene.
The 37-year-old fighter missed all his chances to become a middleweight champion, but there’s no doubt that he was very respected in the fighting world.
Kennedy made the announcement on Facebook and wrote that the decision is strongly related to his age.
The former Army Ranger feels he’s no longer capable of being competitive and doesn’t want to make a fool of himself in the cage. A wise decision, we’d say.
He ends his career 18-6 overall and 3-2 in the UFC, but it is really sad that he will be remembered for ending his career with a defeat to Kelvin Gastelum, In December 2016 at UFC 206.
Did this defeat had any emotional implications on Kennedy? He says that the loss wasn’t a setback, because in his eyes, Kelvin Gastelum is a respectful and hard-working fighter which reminds a younger himself.
Still, Tim might have some regrets after ending his MMA career, including missed opportunities. For example, while he was fighting in the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion, he lost two middleweight title bouts, to Jacare Souza and Luke Rockhold.
The highlight of his career? Many will say it was the fight against Michael Bisping, which he dominated and eventually won, but Kennedy treasures another moment – a victory over Rafael Natal, on Nov. 6, 2013, at Fight for the Troops.
The 37-year-old fighter was encouraged by his fellow soldiers from Fort Campbell, KY, and said that he felt invincible during the whole fight.
Kennedy participated in the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association’s inaugural news conference in December and was one of the fighters that always demanded better rights.
A rough guy, but with a good heart. MMA fans will surely miss such a character.