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Tim Kennedy’s UFC Debut Won’t Feature Octagon Jitters, Says Greg Jackson

They say the UFC’s Octagon is like nothing else in the world. It’s also a place that many enter with the jitters on their first attempt. Tim Kennedy’s trainer Greg Jackson doesn’t think that will be a problem for the former Strikeforce middleweight title contender.

“I don’t think that this is going to be any different,” said Jackson on Sherdog Radio. “The Octagon’s the same deal. There’s that thing about Octagon jitters and all that stuff, but I honestly don’t think that’s going to affect him at all.”

Kennedy makes his UFC debut following a stint for Strikeforce. He was 4-2 for them with both losses coming when the title was on the line. He meets fellow ex-Strikeforce fighter Roger Gracie.

Gracie is 6-1 with the lone defeat coming from Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. He’s taken a pair of wins since dropping to middleweight.

They’re on the main card of UFC 162. It’s from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV tomorrow, July 6.