Kennedy (file photo) expressed closure. | Photo: Dave
Kennedy remains an active duty Green Beret in the U.S. Army,
but he’s been able to focus on MMA lately and it’s paid off for his
On Sunday night, though, he was wishing he’d been involved in the
mission that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
“I’ve been to Pakistan. I’ve been to Afghanistan. I’ve been to
Iraq. All of which was actively looking for that guy,” Kennedy said
Monday during a “Savage Dog
Show” interview on the Sherdog Radio Network. “So there was a
little sense of disappointment that I wasn’t part of it, but I made
a choice to be fighting right now. I’m just totally excited and
thrilled to see a really dark, sad chapter of our country’s history
-- it’s not coming to a close, but that’s definitely a chapter
that’s pending. There’s still a lot of battles to be won and a lot
of work to be done, but it was thrilling being up all night reading
stuff as it was developing.”
Thrilling but also painful.
“It was torture,” Kennedy said. “If I was going to design a version
of hell for me, that would be it. Where I’m sitting there reading
about special operations going in to do a hit on a HVT, on a
high-value target, and just having to not be there. It’s absolutely
excruciating. Anybody that’s been there and done that, when you’re
reading about it happening and not being there, especially when
things go wrong, that’s the worst.”
Just about everything appears to have gone right on this particular
mission, however. Kennedy chalks that up to preparation.
“For an operator, it’s almost like you’ve done it 1,000 times,” he
said. “The repetition is why you’re good at it. You have checked
every battery in every piece of equipment you have. You’ve popped
every one of your magazines. You as an operator are totally ready
Such discipline translates to MMA too. Kennedy explained that the
military is “very, very successful” when it comes to training you
on how to achieve an objective.
“When I’m walking up toward the cage, I know I’ve trained harder, I
know I’ve trained smarter and I know I’ve trained better than the
guy that’s going in there to fight me,” he said. “I think usually
they know it too.”
Bin Laden’s death has not changed Kennedy’s plans for MMA. He still
has work to do in the cage, but once it’s done, he will resume his
duty as a Green Beret.
“We should be announcing my fight here in the next couple of
weeks,” Kennedy said. “I am already moving into my fight camp. I’m
working out two, three times a day right now. I’m bringing guys in
to train with me. I’m going to be fighting for the next two to
three years and then I’m going to go finish my career as a Green
Listen to the full interview
(beginning at 57:38).