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UFC 162: Tim Kennedy Vs. Roger Gracie

Tim Kennedy vs. Roger Gracie

Two former Strikeforce fighters make their UFC debuts next in the middleweight division, as Tim Kennedy (15-4) battles Roger Gracie (6-1). Kennedy is a veteran of the military, while Gracie is the fourth member of his family to compete inside the Octagon. Kim Winslow serves as the referee in charge.

Round 1: Chant of “Kennedy” right at the start. This is the first of three straight U.S. vs. Brazilian matches. Kennedy fires off a wild right and Gracie scores the takedown with ease. Gracie takes the back, but Kennedy gets to his feet. Gracie is a giant of a middleweight, holding a significant reach advantage and is keeping Kennedy at bay. Kennedy clinches, but Gracie reverses and scores a takedown. Right to the back with a body triangle locked in. Kennedy doing a great job of defending so far as we go under a minute. Kennedy spins out and survives as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gracie

Round 2: Kennedy with a takedown of his own and some strong ground-and-pound, but Gracie lands an upkick. Kennedy back to the GNP and he has the back of Gracie, who rolls and gets to his feet. Kennedy holding court with the clinch against the fence, doing damage. Kennedy scores another takedown and moves to side control. Full-guard is up for Gracie with a minute left. Kennedy now striking with ease, as Gracie looks winded.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Kennedy

Round 3: Kennedy’s corner told him he has broken Gracie, and he’s coming out striking this round with leg kicks. Kennedy is plus-70 in total strikes, and he slips to the back for a takedown attempt, but is unable to get it. Gracie moves closer and drops for a takedown, scoring with it bu can’t keep him on the mat. Uppercut lands by Kennedy, and Gracie just shakes it off. Left connects by Kennedy, as Gracie is an easy moving target now.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Kennedy

Tim Kennedy def. Roger Gracie via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)