Jeremy Kennedy at Revolution Martial Arts & Fitness in Langley. (File photo: Tom Zillich)

Mixed Martial Arts

From B.C. to Bahrain, Surrey MMA fighter takes talent overseas

Jeremy Kennedy will continue career overseas after stint in UFC

By Trevor Beggs, Now-Leader contributor

SURREY — Jeremy Kennedy has been accustomed to two things throughout his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career – winning and travelling.

Although he’s accustomed to winning, Kennedy did drop his first decision as an MMA fighter earlier this year. He lost an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bout to Alexander Volkanovski in February, bringing his career record to 11-1.

However, the travelling won’t be coming to an end anytime soon, after he signed a one-year, three-fight deal with Brave CF. The MMA association is based in Bahrain and hosts fights in various locations throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East.

Kennedy, 25, will have his first fight in Morocco on Aug. 18th, against Italian opponent Danyel Pilo.

“It was pretty exciting at first, just a breath of fresh air,” Kennedy said. “Just the chance to go somewhere I’ve never been before is a real exciting opportunity.

“Most of my career has been all about travelling and destination fights but now I’ll be adding another continent in Africa that I’ve never been to, so that’s exciting.”

homelessphoto

ABOVE: A TV screen shot of Surrey’s Jeremy Kennedy at UFC fight in Uniondale, NY in 2017.

To many, it may have come as a surprise to hear that Kennedy wouldn’t immediately be returning to the UFC. He’s one of the top featherweight prospects in Canada, and is ranked 37th worldwide in that category. But when a deal with the UFC didn’t materialize immediately, Kennedy jumped on the opportunity to continue fighting elsewhere.

“Going back to the UFC is always a goal I’ll have in mind,” he said. “That being said, if things are going good with Brave, they’re keeping me busy and the money is good, I don’t mind staying there either.”

Kennedy’s notoriety as a UFC fighter is being recognized by Brave, as his fight against Pilo is the main event during the August showcase.

“It’s pretty cool for me that it’s the first show I’m doing there and I’m the main event,” said Kennedy.

The Surrey fighter believes that experience being on the big stage should give him an advantage against Pilo. Although Pilo’s career record of 10-1-2 is similar to Kennedy’s, the Italian doesn’t have that same experience fighting in front of larger crowds.

“He’s very well-rounded, our records are very similar, but we’ve been in very different playing fields,” Kennedy said. “He hasn’t left Italy whereas my last five or six fights have been all around the world.”

“I think, especially in this fight, I can beat him everywhere and that’s what excites me the most. Whether its grappling or striking, I’m comfortable with either. Because of that I can use the skills I’ve been working on in Vegas recently and really apply that in the cage.”

“It’s just the experience I’ve gained over the last few years that puts me in a good position.”



edit@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Surrey man mourns the loss of classmate killed in New Zealand mosque attack

When he heard news of the attack, he sent a message to his friend

Surrey RCMP search for missing woman

Deborah-Lynn Hurshman was last seen on the 13600-block of 102 Avenue on March 12.

Vehicle plows through White Rock business

Incident happened at Kidazzles (1253 Johnston Rd.)

White Rock Muslim Association: ‘we pray for those who departed’

Former president Asad Syed says Muslim community praying for victims

REPLAY: The best videos from across B.C. this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week in the province

Travel expected to be slowed by fallout from fire at Toronto’s Pearson airport

All U.S.-bound flights from Terminal 1 were cancelled Sunday night after the fire broke out near a security checkpoint

Trudeau fills vacancy in cabinet with B.C. MP Joyce Murray

Murray, 64, was elected in 2008 and served previously as a minister in B.C.’s provincial government

Leivo nets shootout winner as Canucks edge Stars 3-2

Schaller scores first 2 goals of season for Vancouver

UBC study shows honey bees can help monitor pollution in cities

Scientists analyzed beehives in high density urban areas to those off on Galiano Island

Ethiopia minister: ‘Clear similarities’ in Boeing crashes

Both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder were sent to Paris for analysis

Most Read