Jul 3, 2013 9:08 PM by Andrew Masuda

Atascadero native Kennedy set to make UFC debut Saturday in UFC 162

Atascadero native Tim Kennedy is preparing to make his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in front of a world-wide audience during UFC 162 this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 33 year old faces Roger Gracie in a middleweight fight that's part of the main card on Pay-Per View.

The 5-11, 185 pound Kennedy owns a 15-4 career record in mixed martial arts since he turned professional in 2001. He won his last fight, which was in January against Trevor Smith with a third round submission. Kennedy has 7 wins via KO and six by submission.

Stevens told KSBY Sports during a phone interview on Wednesday he was 100 percent healthy and his training went great. "I have to dictate where the fight's going, how the fight's going and the tempo of the fight so he can't catch his breath. If I have those things there's really ultimately very little he can do to me. Frankly I wish I was fighting tonight," said Kennedy.

Kennedy enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2004, earning both Ranger and Special Forces tabs. He was deployed in both the War in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kennedy lives and trains in Austin, Texas, where he serves as an instructor in the Texas National Guard. Kennedy still has family and friends on the Central Coast.

Gracie is 6-1 since turning pro in 2006. He is a seven-time world champion in jiu-jitsu. The 31 year old Brazilian won his last fight in January by submission in the second round.

UFC champion Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman square off in the main fight of the night.



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