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Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy has been through Ranger school, served in war zones and fought cage matches against seasoned MMA brawlers. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a more refined, sensitive side to him. The Special Forces veteran is also a skilled piano player, something he talked to Military Times reporter Jon Anderson about in a recent interview about his Strikeforce middleweight title fight on Saturday. Kennedy’s mom had him take up the piano as a kid, and he learned to enjoy it. Today he still finds time to play. Here’s the beginning of Anderson’s story: The sheet music…

The good folks at Ranger Up have put together a short video promoting their brother-in-arms, Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy. He’s fighting for the Strikeforce middleweight title on Aug 21, and Kennedy has been getting more and more attention as the matchup with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza approaches. But After Action ranks this video as the most interesting piece of media produced thus far. As you probably know, Kennedy is a Special Forces operator who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and currently serves in the Texas National Guard. You don’t often hear him talking about specific experiences he had in war, but…

Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy is fighting Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the Strikeforce middleweight championship on Aug. 21 on Showtime. The cable network released this short video about Kennedy, which highlights his unique resume as a Special Forces soldier who has fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kennedy talks a little about his Army experience, and how it’s helped him become proficient at picking up fighters in the Octagon and throwing them around.

Earlier this week I interviewed UFC middleweight Brian Stann about his victory over Mike Massenzio at UFC on Versus 2 on Sunday. It’s for an article in the upcoming print edition of Marine Corps Times that hits newsstands Monday, and it will run alongside a co-worker’s story on Sgt. George Lockhart, an instructor at the Corps’ Martial Arts School of Excellence who helped Stann and UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones make weight for their fights. So go buy a newspaper on Monday. Please. Until then, here’s some other tidbits from my talk with Stann, as well as some quotes from…

The UFC has announced the final 28 contestants who will to try to punch, kick and choke their onto season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter, and a former Marine is among those vying to get in the house. In the Spike TV video below, Mike “The Marine” Richman gives a quick background on his four years in the Corps, which he says included  three tours in Iraq. Richman says he left the Marines to pursue his MMA career, which stands at a perfect 7-0 according to Sherdog.com. Fast-forward to 3:33 if you’re uninterested in meeting the rest of the cast.…

Sometimes, it’s how you win. Former Marine Brian Stann needed a victory in a bad way last night to keep his UFC career moving forward. He got the win, and in doing so proved he’s more than a one-dimensional striker. Stann submitted Mike Massenzio — a more experienced ground fighter — at UFC on Versus 2 to win his debut in the 185-pound weight class. The win via triangle choke was Stann’s first career victory by submission, and helped him bounce back from a tough loss to wrestling specialist Phil Davis back in February. Making the win all the more…

Brian Stann gets back in the octagon Sunday at UFC on Versus 2. The former Marine — a genuine warrior who earned the Silver Star for his actions as a platoon commander in Iraq — is making his debut in the 185-pound weight class against Mike Massenzio. Stann moved to middleweight after losing his last light heavyweight fight to wrestling specialist Phil Davis. In that fight, Davis was able to get on top of Stann early and neutralize his striking game en route to a unanimous decision win. Since then, Stann has dropped a weightclass and gone back to work…

This is the shot he’s been working for – on Aug. 21, Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy will fight for the Strikeforce 185-pound title. Mixed martial arts websites mmaweekly.com and www.sherdog.com are reporting that Kennedy, a Special Forces soldier with 19th Special Forces Group, will face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The title fight comes just nine weeks after Kennedy’s last fight – and win – against Trevor Prangley. Kennedy submitted Prangley, a 37-year-old middleweight fighter, during the first round of their June 16 face-off in the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, improving his MMA record…

Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy submitted Trevor Prangley at 3:35 in the first round last night at “Strikeforce: L.A.” The win improves Kennedy’s pro record to 12-2, including three fights in Strikeforce, and was impressive enough to put him in the mix for a shot at the middleweight title. Kennedy, a three-time Army combatives champion, came out aggressively,  shooting for several takedown attempts on Prangley. He was able to quickly shrug off two successful takedowns by Prangley, and worked to eventually get full mount on Prangley. Kennedy took Prangley’s back and applied a rear choke while on top of him, forcing…

Tim Kennedy once decapitated a Taliban fighter with a spinning heel kick. Tim Kennedy once slipped a guillotine choke on an al-Qaida terrorist and didn’t pay attention when the guy tapped. Or when his head popped off. Yeah, I’m making this up. But it could have happened. Most of Kennedy’s actions in the Special Forces are classified, so we’ll never know all the bad-ass stuff this Iraq and Afghanistan veteran has done. If you want to see a real Kennedy fight, not ones that I’ve made up in my head, tune in to Showtime tonight and watch him take on…

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