Surrey-elevated Jeremy Kennedy keeps profitable and growing up the MMA rankings with the Bellator advertising.
On Saturday (Feb. 25), the featherweight fighter was in Dublin, Ireland, where by he took down the house-city favorite Pedro Carvalho at the Bellator 291 event and moved a action nearer to a title shot.
Kennedy, now 19-3 (wins, losses), used his grappling to management Carvalho on the ground for 3 rounds.
It was a unanimous final decision for Kennedy, 30, who went in rated third, two lessen than the #3 Carvalho.
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Both of those Kennedy and Carvalho observed the bout as a title eliminator, with the No. 1 contender rating on the line and champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire of Brazil waiting in the wings.
“I believe that I’ve been the amount just one (contender) the total time, and I assume this just proves it,” Kennedy reported right after the battle.
The man nicknamed “JBC” stated he bought the position performed in Dublin despite emotion badly forward of the struggle.
“Even on my worst day, I can 30-27 these guys,” Kennedy claimed, referring to the three judges’ scores. “So which is the statement I’m producing below.”
Kennedy, who grew up in the Fleetwood space of Surrey and now now life in Las Vegas, called out the winner.
“Pitbull. That is the only fight. That is the battle proper now, that title struggle.”
Kennedy has come to be 1 of Bellator’s best touted opponents with his tenacious wrestling and relentless force.
In his past bout in October, he was up in opposition to greater-rated featherweight Aaron Pico at Bellator 286 at Very long Beach front Arena in California, Pico’s dwelling point out. In a again-and-forth first round, Pico dislocated his shoulder, resulting in a TKO victory for Kennedy.
Kennedy has received four of his 1st five outings below the Bellator banner. The fights he’s received (in Bellator, UFC and other promos) are tattooed as notches on his still left rib cage.
with file from The Canadian Press