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Jul 8, 2013 9:17 PM by Bill Halter

A triumphant return to the Central Coast for Kennedy

Atascadero native Tim Kennedy was back on the Central Coast after winning his UFC debut on Saturday with a unanimous decision against Roger Gracie at UFC 162. Kennedy is now 16-4 as a professional fighter but he was upset with having to rely on the judges to win on Saturday. "I'm a little disappointed with my fight. I got into the UFC, made my debut, won very decisively. I out grappled the best grappler on the planet. But I finish my fights, I have almost a 90 percent finish rate. And I go in there and I fight and I kind of looked flat, there are times when I know I could have knocked him out. There are times I should have just gone for the submission" said Kennedy.

Kennedy grew up in Atascadero and went to Cuesta College, after the attacks of 9-11 he felt compelled to contribute to something bigger than himself and joined the army. Kennedy served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a green beret. He was the elite of the elite as a soldier and that experience makes stepping into a fight, no big deal. "I'm not stressed, I'm not worried. It's just a normal day, I'm not going to die, I'm not going to get blown up, I'm going to have all my limbs. I'm just going to go in there and fight so it's a big advantage because I view fighting differently. It's just a fight, it's not war, it's just another day in the office. But my office is an octagon" said Kennedy.

Kennedy is still active military and says he's ready to go back to combat if needed. Until then he'll continue his career in the UFC. "My poor mom always jokes like I want you to be an underwater basket weaver or can't you just have a job in San Luis Obispo and like life, but I just don't have it in me" said Kennedy.

Kennedy says at 33 years old he is stronger and faster then he's ever been. He watched Chris Weidman win the Middleweight Championship from Anderson Silva during the main event of UFC 162 and hopes to some day get a chance at Weidman. "I've had my eye on Weidman for forever. I've known that that guy was going to be a champion and I called it before the fight in every interview I did. He's a beast. I can't call out the champ right now, I have to win a couple more fights but he's definitely on my radar" said Kennedy.

Kennedy lives in Austin, Texas now but his brother, sister and parents still live in California. Kennedy expects to next fight on November 6 at the UFC Fight for the Troops 3 event.

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