UFC: Fight for the Troops 3
UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 (also known as UFC Fight Night 31) was a mixed martial arts event held on November 6, 2013, at Fort Campbell in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The event was broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
|UFC: Fight for the Troops 3|
The poster for UFC: Fight for the Troops 3.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||November 6, 2013|
|City||Fort Campbell, Kentucky|
The event was the fourth that UFC hosted in cooperation with a US military base, following UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs. Riggs in 2006, UFC: Fight for the Troops in 2008 and UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 in 2011. Featured on the card were several United States Armed Forces military veterans including Tim Kennedy, Liz Carmouche, Colton Smith and Neil Magny.
Nik Lentz was briefly scheduled to face Dennis Bermudez at the event. However, Lentz was pulled from the pairing with Bermudez in favor of a bout with Chad Mendes on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9. Bermudez then faced Steven Siler.
Tim Kennedy was expected to face Lyoto Machida in the event headliner. However, Machida was pulled from the bout in favor of a matchup with Mark Muñoz on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30, after Muñoz's original opponent, Michael Bisping was forced out of their bout with an injury. Kennedy instead faced Rafael Natal in the event headliner.
|Main Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Middleweight||Tim Kennedy||def.||Rafael Natal||TKO (punch)||1||4:40|
|Women's Bantamweight||Alexis Davis||def.||Liz Carmouche||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Yoel Romero||def.||Ronny Markes||TKO (punches)||3||1:39|
|Lightweight||Rustam Khabilov||def.||Jorge Masvidal||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Michael Chiesa||def.||Colton Smith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||1:41|
|Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Lightweight||Bobby Green||def.||James Krause||TKO (body kick)||1||3:50||[a]|
|Bantamweight||Francisco Rivera||def.||George Roop||TKO (punches)||2||2:20|
|Featherweight||Dennis Bermudez||def.||Steven Siler||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Women's Bantamweight||Amanda Nunes||def.||Germaine de Randamie||TKO (elbows)||1||3:56|
|Preliminary card (Online Prelims)|
|Middleweight||Lorenz Larkin||def.||Chris Camozzi||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Yancy Medeiros||vs.||Yves Edwards||No Contest (overturned)||1||2:47||[b]|
|Welterweight||Seth Baczynski||def.||Neil Magny||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Derek Brunson||def.||Brian Houston||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||0:48|
- Green had 1 point deducted in round 1 due to two accidental kicks to the groin.
- Originally ruled a KO victory (punches) at 2:47 of round 1 for Medeiros; result changed to "No Contest" after Medeiros tested positive for marijuana during post fight drug screening. This bout aired on the broadcast following the Davis vs Carmouche bout.
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal
- Knockout of the Night: Tim Kennedy
- Submission of the Night: Michael Chiesa
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