UFC Fight Night 31 results: Tim Kennedy knocks out Rafael Natal in first round

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Of course Tim Kennedy would win by knockout in the first round in an event promoted for the US Troops. Of course he would.

The main event of tonight's (Wed., Nov. 6, 2013) UFC Fight Night 31: "Fight for the Troops 3" event on Fox Sports 1 from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, featured former Army Ranger Tim Kennedy hoping to entertain his fellow patriots with an impressive performance against Rafael Natal, a late substitute for Lyoto Machida.

You didn't think the UFC would hold an event for the Troops and Kennedy wouldn't be on the card, did you?

RANGER UP!

The first round was slow, likely because both fighters were pacing themselves for a potential 25 minute throwdown. Or, maybe, Kennedy was lulling Natal into a false sense of security.

Yeah, let's go with that.

Late in the round, Kennedy unloaded on "Sapo" with a leaping left hook that landed clean on the button and put the Brazilian down for the count. The follow up onslaught was unnecessary and the referee stepped in to call a halt to the action.

It wasn't long before a "U-S-A" chant broke out. That may be over the top and ridiculous on some occasions but hell, this was for the troops. Take a bow, soldier, you've earned this one.

For complete UFC Fight Night 31 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night's action click here.

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