Tim Kennedy is one of the few people who fought professionally and served in the National Guard of the US Army at the same time. In his fighting career, the retired American professional mixed martial artist (MMA) competed in the UFC’s middleweight division, Strikeforce, HDNet Fights, ShoMMA, the WEC, and also in the IFL, where he represented the Chicago Red Bears. Kennedy has more to offer than his habitual wins in the ring.
Biography of Tim Kennedy
Tim is of Irish descent but has American citizenship as he was born on September 1, 1979, in San Luis Obispo, California, the second of his parents’ three children. His father’s name was called Mike Kennedy, while his mother’s name is still unknown.
As he grew up, Tim’s mother enrolled him in cooking and piano lessons. In his youth, his father encouraged him and his brother to take boxing lessons, join a wrestling team, a Japanese jiu-jitsu class, and a shooting school. As we know today, it was the path his father had planned for him to follow.
The former fighter received an academic education at the private high school of the Eagle Academy, which he completed in 1998. He then went to the Columbia College of Missouri to study criminal justice, graduating with a BA in 2002. While still a student, Kennedy began fighting in sanctioned mixed martial arts fights until he graduated and joined the United States Army. Tim was drafted into the elite special forces on January 4, 2004.
He began his early training under the supervision of Terry Kelly and Barry Smith at the Dokan School of Martial Arts in Atascadero, California. Tim also trained with the likes of Anita Baker, John Hackleman, Jake Shields, Gan McGee, and Adan S, Chuck Liddell in The Pit of San Luis Obispo.
Tim Kennedy Military Career
In the army, he attended basic combat training, the basic course for airborne troops, and the qualification course for special forces in addition to individual additional training. In 2007 he graduated from the Ranger School and was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, where he served as a sniper and sniper trainer, as the main combat instructor of C Company, 3rd Battalion, and 7th Special Forces.
As expected, his time in the military was marked by a number of actions, when he was deployed several times for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and all these missions were successful for him. For his bravery under fire, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal of the Army with the V Device, one of the many honors he received for his service in the United States Army.
Tim Kennedy’s time in the military did not stop his interest in fighting, as he continued to compete in the MMA. In 2005, when the Army introduced a Combatives Tournament (melee combat) throughout the service, he won the Light Heavyweight Tournament and repeated this feat three years in a row.
In August 2009, he transferred from active duty to the Texas Army National Guard, where he served as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant. He served as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant until April 16, 2017, when he announced his reinstatement into the U.S. Army Special Forces, and continues to serve to this day.
His amateur fighting career, which began in 1996, had a record of 31 fights with only one defeat. In 2001 he started fighting professionally, winning a one-night tournament in Extreme Challenge 50 by winning his three fights of the night. He had a few fights outside of the army, as he was serving in various missions at that time.
However, with Strike 2009 Kennedy returned to the MMA and continued to fight until 2012, taking several wins and a few defeats. After the closure of Strikeforce, he was added to the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) list in 2013. On July 6, 2013, he won his first UFC against Roger Gracie at UFC 162 by unanimous decision, and several other victories followed.
He suffered his first major defeat when he fought Yoel Romero and lost to Yoel Romero in a technical knockout at UFC 178 on September 27, 2014. In the third round he lost again to Kelvin Gastelum in a newly scheduled UFC 206 game, and on 17 January 2017, he announced his retirement from the MMA.
His Family and Wife
Tim Kennedy is a married man. He is married to Ginger Kennedy and reportedly they have two daughters in their family. Neither the exact date of the marriage nor the date of birth of the two children has been determined.
The professional fighter has an impressive ensemble with a height of 180.3 cm (5 ft 11 in). In addition, he weighs a perfect 84 kg with his abdominal muscles in the right places thanks to constant exercise routines.
- Tim Kennedy’s birth sign is Virgo.
- The former fighter weighs 186 lb (84 kg).
- He earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College of Missouri in 2002.
- He is a trained sniper.
- Tim is a one-time Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night awardee.
- He is also an Extreme Challenge Middleweight Tournament winner.