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UPDATE 7/18/17: Casey Kenney defeats CJ Hamilton by unanimous decision (30-27 x3). Improves to 7-0-1.
Rapper Snoop Dogg calls the fight for UFC Fight Pass.
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When Casey Kenney moved to the Old Pueblo after giving up a full ride college scholarship to wrestle at the University of Indianapolis and instead come to the desert southwest in pursuit of his MMA dream, it didn’t sit well with his father. The two didn’t speak for months. Tearing his ACL and meniscus in a pick-up game of basketball with family almost immediately after arriving in Tucson didn’t make that dream any easier to realize. Kenney gave serious thought to returning to his native Indiana and putting his MMA goals in the past.
When someone is truly motivated enough to make a dream become reality, however, obstacles serve as milestones along the journey. Not roadblocks.
Making amends with his father and having his support along the way to recovery only served to motivate him further. An undefeated amateur record under his belt and training with Chris Cariaso of Rise Combat Sports to start a professional MMA career at 6-0-1 has gotten Kenney the full of attention of Dana White and on the precipice of landing a contract with the UFC. Kenney has to get through CJ “The Autobot” Hamilton first.
Kenney will most likely bring a balanced attack against Hamilton, who has dubbed himself as “The Autobot,” in reference to the various styles he brings to the cage every time he steps in it.
You can catch Kenney vs Hamilton as the very first fight of UFC Contender Series on UFC Fight Pass tonight at 5pm, Tucson time.
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Born a Wildcat fan, lifetime fanhood was solidified when he was able to meet Tedy Bruschi, Sean Harris, Brandon Sanders, Chuck Levy and Ontiwaun Carter as a sixth grader. Having served 10 years in the armed forces and having been deployed all over the world, he’s still managed to make it to every Arizona home football game, bowl game and at least one away game for the last 12 years. Now combining his love of writing with his love of all things sports, Jose is proud and honored to join AllSportsTucson.com as a writer.