Biography of Tim Kennedy
Tim is of Irish descent but has an American nationality 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 given to Mike Kennedy while his mother’s is still unknown.
Growing up, Tim’s mother enrolled him in cooking and piano lessons, then in his youth, his father asked him to attend boxing classes with his brother, join a wrestling team, a Japanese jujitsu class as well as a shooting school. As we know today, it was the path his father envisioned for him that he followed.
The veteran was educated at the private Eagle Academy high school, where he graduated in 1998, then studied criminal justice at Columbia College of Missouri. He graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree. While still in college, Kennedy began fighting competitively in sanctioned mixed martial arts bouts until he graduated and joined the United States Army. Tim enlisted in the elite special forces on January 4, 2004.
He began his early training under the tutelage of Terry Kelly and Barry Smith at the Dokan Martial Arts School in Atascadero, California. Tim has also trained with Anita Baker, John Hackleman, Jake Shields, Gan McGee and Adan S., Chuck Liddell in The Pit of San Luis Obispo.
In the military, he completed Basic Combat Training, Airborne Basic Course, and the Special Forces Qualification Course in addition to advanced individual training. In 2007, he completed ranger school and was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, where he served as a sniper and sniper instructor, senior combat instructor for Company C, 3rd Battalion of the 7th Special Forces Group of the Alphas Operational Detachment.
As expected, his time in the military saw some action when he deployed several times for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and these deployments were all successful. For his valiant battle, he was awarded the Army Bronze Star Medal with Device V, one of many awards he received for his service in the United States Army.
Tim Kennedy’s time in the military was not meant to end his interest in fighting as he continued to compete in MMA. In 2005, when the Army launched an all-service Combatives (hand-to-hand) tournament, he won the light heavyweight division tournament and repeated the same feat three years in a row.
He transferred from active military duty to the Texas Army National Guard in August 2009, where he served as a Special Forces Sergeant-at-Arms. He served as a Special Forces Sergeant-at-Arms until he announced his re-enlistment to the U.S. Army Special Forces on April 16, 2017 and still serves to this day.
His amateur fighting career beginning in 1996 had a record 31 fights with just one loss. He started fighting professionally in 2001, won a one night tournament at Extreme Challenge 50 winning all three of his fights of the night. He had a few fights outside of the military due to his participation in various deployments at the time.
Kennedy, however, returned to MMA in Strike2009 and continued to fight through 2012, recording several wins and a few losses. He was entered into the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) in 2013, after Strikeforce closed. He won his first UFC against Roger Gracie on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162 by unanimous decision and several more victories followed.
He had his first major loss when he fought and lost to Yoel Romero on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178 in a technical knockout. He lost again to Kelvin Gastelum in the rescheduled UFC 206 match in the third round and on January 17, 2017 announced his retirement from MMA.
His family and his wife
Tim Kennedy is a married man. He is married to Ginger Kennedy and they are said to have two daughters in their family. It has not been verified the exact day of the wedding or the date of birth of their two children.
The professional fighter boasts an impressive body height of 180.3cm (5ft 11in). He also weighs in at a perfect 84kg with his abs in the right places, thanks to consistent exercise routines.
- Tim Kennedy’s birth sign is Virgo.
- The veteran weighs 84 kg.
- He earned a criminal justice degree from Columbia College of Missouri in 2002.
- He is a skilled sniper.
- Tim is a unique recipient of Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night.
- He is also an Extreme Challenge Middleweight tournament winner.