Ultimate Fighting Championship
Kennedy made his promotional debut on August 27, 2016 at UFC on Fox 21against Alessandro Ricci. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Kennedy was briefly tabbed as a short notice replacement to face Mirsad Bektic on October 8, 2016 at UFC 204. Subsequently, after his participation was publicly confirmed, Kennedy indicated he was injured and unable to take the fight. He was replaced by Russell Doane.
Kennedy next faced Rony Jason on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106. He won the bout by unanimous decision.
Kennedy faced Kyle Bochniak on July 22, 2017 at UFC on Fox 25.Kennedy won the fight via unanimous decision.
Kennedy was scheduled to face Alexander Volkanovski at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Tybura on 19 November 2017. However, Kennedy pulled out of the fight on October 5 citing a back injury.
The bout with Volkanovski was rescheduled and took place on February 11, 2018 at UFC 221. He lost the fight via technical knockout in round two
Kennedy’s contract with the UFC ended after the Volkanovski bout and Kennedy grew tired of the contract negotiations for renewing, eventually leading him to sign with a new promotion – Brave CF. Kennedy headlined Brave 14 against Danyel Pilo on August 18, 2018. He won the fight via knockout in round one.
Kennedy was expected to face Marcos Galvão at PFL 8 for the alternate spot to Professional Fighters League‘s featherweight tournament. Due to a misunderstanding when making the contract with Brave CF, Kennedy assumed he was eligible to compete in other organizations’ events. Just before Kennedy’s fight, Brave CF officials contacted PFL to deny him from fighting. Briefly after the news surfaced, Brave CF officials revealed that Kennedy had signed a bout agreement to fight Marat Magomedov at Brave 18 on November 16, 2018.
Kennedy is now expected to headline Brave 21 against Magomedov on December 28, 2018.
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