Tim Kennedy revealed a little bit of insider information Wednesday night after knocking out Rafael Natal at UFC Fight For The Troops 3.
The military veteran suffered a “torn vastus intermedius,” better known as a torn quad, during his final few days of prep for the bout.
However, with his military background and a chance to main event set before him, the former No. 1 contender in Strikeforce let it be known he never thought about pulling out.
“I destroyed (my quad) last week of fight camp but refused to back out of this fight,” Kennedy posted on Twitter.
The win was emotional for Kennedy, who wrote “It was humbling being part of (the event) for the UFC. I am so thankful for my coaches and team. I want to thank my opponent for stepping up on short notice to fight me on my home turf when no one else would.”
Kennedy’s effort landed him inside ESPN SportsCenter’s Top-10 Plays of the Day and even earned him an interview with Joe Rogan.
“It took 13 years as a professional MMA fighter to get a interview with Joe Rogan,” he posted. “My job is done here. (Drops the mic and walks off).”
This is a torn vastus intermedius. I destroyed it my last week of fight camp but refused to back out of this fight. pic.twitter.com/yeCIKAW26S
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) November 7, 2013