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Probably one of the most underrated guys in Strikeforce at the end of the promotion’s tenure, Tim Kennedy got lost in the Middleweight mix despite some good performances.
Now, in his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut, which will happen tonight (Sat., July 6, 2013) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, he gets a chance to jump-start his career against a legendary name in Roger Gracie.
Powerful, well conditioned and as hard-nosed as you’d expect a Green Beret to be, Kennedy has the vexing assignment of knowing that he’s tangling with one of the planet’s greatest no-gi grapplers. For his part, Gracie has done reasonably well in progressing his mixed martial arts (MMA) skill set since the disastrous knockout setback against Muhammed Lawal.
Grossly deficient in stand up and fighting as an undersized Light Heavyweight, Gracie’s drop to 185 pounds is a better fit and, hopefully, he’ll have improved his striking game to "nonexistent outside of a pawing jab" to "mediocre but improving."
With Anderson Silva making his umpteenth title defense on the card, the middleweight division is in dire need of new faces, so there’s a considerable room for the winner to move up the ranks, especially with an impressive showing.