Timothy Kennedy is a retired American professional mixed martial artist who competed in the UFC’s Middleweight division. Tim was one of the few fighters to simultaneously serve full-time in the United States Army, while also fighting professionally.
He is an active, Ranger qualified, Green Beret, Special Forces Sniper with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other locations around the globe.
He enlisted in 2003 under the 18X (Special Forces candidate) program. He attended basic training, AIT, and Airborne school at Fort Benning GA as an 11B (Infantry), before he continued Special Forces training at Fort Bragg North Carolina.
After being awarded his Green Beret in 2005 he was first assigned to 7th Special Forces Group(A), at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. where he served on an Operational Detachment Alpha. During his time in special forces he was deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was an honor graduate from Ranger school, and attended sniper school in addition to many other advanced special operation courses. Tim was deployed again in 2008. During this time he wrote a three part series of “Letters from a Foreign Land” that chronicled his time in combat.
As a sniper he deployed to Afghanistan, South America, the Caribbean, and other locations worldwide. Tim competed in multiple military shooting and sniper competitions, winning and/or placing in all of them.
Tim competed on the Ultimate Soldier Challenge as a Green Beret and was featured as a “Ranger” on the Spike TV series Deadliest Warrior. Tim has also competed in the grueling 3 day Modern Army Combatives tournament, and was one of only three men to be undefeated, as well as three-time champion. He is one of the only three service members to be awarded a black belt in Modern Army Combatives.
Currently Tim is assigned to Special Operations Detachment (A) as a Senior Special Forces Weapons Sergeant.
In the octagon, Tim formerly competed for Strikeforce, the WEC, ShoMMA, HDNet Fights, and represented the Chicago Red Bears in the IFL.
Tim began training at Dokan School of Martial Arts in Atascadero, California under Terry Kelly, and Barry Smith. He began his MMA training in 1999, training with Chuck Liddell, Jake Shields, Gan McGee, and John Hackleman at The Pit in San Luis Obispo. Tim first started fighting in 1996 and had 31 amateur fights, amassing a record of 30-1 before his first professional fight in 2001. In 2003 he entered and won a one-night tournament at Extreme Challenge 50, winning all three of his fights. In 2004 he joined the Army. Tim only fought once in 2006. He then fought for the now defunct International Fight League in 2007, and did not fight in 2008 due to Army deployments overseas.
Tim faced Rafael Natal in the UFC: Fight For The Troops 3 in November 2013. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned him his first Knockout of the Night bonus award. In the social media statement announcing his retirement, Tim said there was “no greater moment” than his victory in the main event of UFC: Fight for the Troops 3.
When he retired in early 2017, Tim’s MMA record was 18 – 6.