Lyoto Machida vs. Tim Kennedy will headline UFC’s next Fight for the Troops

Maggie Hendricks
August 22, 2013

Lyoto Machida teased a fight with Chael Sonnen on Twitter, and rumor spread he would fight Nick Diaz. But another, still intriguing fight was announced on "Fox Sports Live" Machida will fight Tim Kennedy in the main event for the Fight for the Troops in November.

This will be the first time Machida, the one-time light heavyweight champ, fights at middleweight. Machida dropped a narrow decision to Phil Davis earlier this month.

Kennedy is an Army veteran, and will likely get a loud crowd behind him at the event in Fort Campbell, an Army installation in Kentucky. He beat Roger Gracie in his UFC debut at UFC 162.

The UFC has long had a close relationship with military. In addition to having veterans on the promotion's roster, fighters regularly visit troops around the world. Fighters have also assisted in training troops in different martial arts disciplines. The UFC has also previously brought fights to Fort Hood and Fayetteville, N.C.