Event: Fight for the Troops 2013 (Wednesday, November 6th)
Venue: Fort Campbell, Kentucky
TV: Fox Sports 1
Middleweights: Derek Brunson defeated Brian Houston in R1 in 48 seconds with a choke sleeper hold.
Welterweights: Seth Baczynski defeated Neil Magny after 3R by unanimous decision.
Lightweights: Yancy Medeiros defeated Yves Edwards in R1 in 247 by KO.
Middleweights: Lorenz Larkin defeated Chris Camozzi after 3R by unanimous decision.
Women's (135 pounds): Amanda Nunes defeated Germaine de Randamie in R1 in 356 by TKO.
Featherweights: Dennis Bermudez defeated Steven Siler after 3R by unanimous decision.
Featherweights: Francisco Rivera defeated George Roop in R2 in 220 by TKO.
Lightweights: Bobby Green defeated James Krause in R1 in 350 with a kick. John McCarthy said it wasnft a low blow and stopped the fight via TKO.
Lightweights: Michael Chiesa defeated Colton Smith in R2 in 141 with a choke sleeper hold.
Lightweights: Rustam Khabilov defeated Jorge Masvidal after 3R by unanimous decision.
Middleweights: Yoel Romero defeated Ronny Markes in R3 in 139 by KO.
Women's (135 pounds): Alexis Davis defeated Liz Carmouche after 3R by unanimous decision.
Middleweights: Tim Kennedy defeated Rafael Natal in R1 in 440 by KO.
A great, enthusiastic crowd at the show and the Tim Kennedy finish was definitely one for the highlight reel. Much better than originally getting booked in a squash match against Lyoto Machida.
That said, every time I watch a UFC troops show I always get this strange, surreal feeling. Reason? On the one hand, UFC is helping raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to help out veterans suffering from traumatic experiences and yet the mechanism of which to raise awareness is to put fighters in a cage and have people cheer on the concussive dishing out of punches with small gloves.
I fully realize that there are military boxing programs and the service academies cherish college football outings against each other and other schools like Notre Dame. However, there is some irony to be noted about the UFC charity events. It doesnft take away from my ability to watch the shows but it is a little weird to say you want to help out soldiers suffering from brain damage by booking fighters in a cage to inflict brain damage upon themselves. Entertaining? For sure.
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