Tim Kennedy Retires to Pursue MMAAA

The metaphor of being a fighter now applies to the UFC’s Tim Kennedy in a third way: after a nearly 15-year career and an 18-6 (a 3-2 UFC run), the military man will be getting further involved behind the scenes with fighters’ rights. Along with UFC legend Georges “Rush” St. Pierre and others, Kennedy is a part of the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA.) Read his full retirement statement here.

The MMAAA was formed late last proceeding the rival Professional Fighters Association, which formed in August. The newer association exists in name, its representatives in Kennedy, St. Pierre, UFC’s T.J. Dillashaw, Cain Valasquez (technically Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone,) Bellator MMA founder Bjorn Rebney, and on Twitter. Kennedy is hoping to help get things moving now that his last bout (a TKO defeat at UFC 206 against Kelvin Gastelum) is behind him.

“I knew that the outcome of the fight regardless of a win or a loss was going to be me being retired,” he told MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. “There was one or two scenarios that could have maybe kept me around, and that was me fighting Michael Bisping in like, London, for 10 percent of the entire pay-per-view, which is obviously an impossibility…So, I was done. I knew I was done. I wanted a Cinderella story. I wanted to go out fighting Rashad at Madison Square Garden, but that’s not how life is. So I knew I was going to be done regardless.”

The 37-year-old Kennedy is still an active-duty special forces operator. His former employer has been involved in an ongoing anti-trust lawsuit. The MMAAA was given a cease-and-desist letter from lawyers in early December saying that the association’s actions would hurt the suit. The association responded and is still continuing their efforts.