In today’s glamorized sports world, the term ‘hero’ is often misused. In Strikeforce middleweight Tim Kennedy’s case, the moniker fits like a glove (MMA, sniper or otherwise).
Although the former military marksman has showcased Superman-esque skills while fighting in the battlefields, as well as inside the cage, the soon-to-be 31-year-old is as unassuming as Clark Kent if you were to bump into him at the local bar.
Well, maybe not there…
“I’m like Benjamin Button. I’m probably the oldest young guy you could ever meet,” Kennedy told MMAJunkie.com. “I go to bed pretty early because I have early workouts. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I’m kind of boring. I’m not getting in fights on 6th Street at 1 o’clock in the morning anymore.”
That’s because you’re too busy kicking ass and saving lives in Middle East, right?
“There’s nothing like a special forces [Operation Detachment Delta],” stated the former Green Beret. “I miss the satisfaction of being part of really important things.
“The last time I was in Afghanistan, I was helping bases that were getting [hit with Improvised Explosive Devices] a lot. I was able to help not let those things happen. I was able to help little girls get to school. I’m not proud of fighting, but I miss all the awesome parts of the military.”
If that wasn’t impressive enough, the modern day Renaissance Man is also looking to challenge Emeril Lagasse in the kitchen when it’s all said and done. So he’ll be able to cook his way into your hearts, if he hasn’t won them over already.
“I’m very anxious to be done fighting, be done with my military career and [then] maybe go to culinary school,” Kennedy added. “I don’t care if I have every title in MMA. I’m still going to be the same guy. I’m still going to have all my roots in the military community, in my church, (and) with my family.
“It doesn’t matter what commercials I’m doing, or how many people I’ve knocked out in the past year. It’s still going to be about doing the right thing and doing my best.”
In a day and age where nothing is more important than being rich and famous, the 185-pounder has found a way to remain ground. Perhaps it’s because Mr. Button is wise beyond his years.
Kennedy takes on Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the vacant middleweight crown this Saturday at “Strikeforce: Houston.”