Tim Kennedy: “UFC middleweight” Warned By FBI About Credible ISIS Threats

Updated: January 15, 2016
Tim Kennedy: UFC middleweight Warned By FBI About Credible ISIS Threats

The FBI recently spoke to Special Forces soldier and Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Tim Kennedy after he was reportedly threatened by the Islamic State group (ISIS).

Tim Kennedy, a decorated Green Beret in the US army’s 7th special forces group with multiple combat deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, acknowledged the probe in a post on his official Facebook page.

“Just spoke to the FBI regarding some recent credible threats towards me by #ISIS,” Kennedy wrote on Wednesday night. “They were not overly thrilled with my response . . . ‘Let those cowards come.’”

Kennedy, currently No 6 in the UFC’s middleweight rankings, has served in the Texas National Guard since transitioning from active duty. He first joined the US army in 2004 and earned the bronze star for valour under fire in 2006.

Inactive since a controversial September 2014 loss to Yoel Romero, the California native has been non-committal regarding his return to the octagon. However, the 36-year-old has remained in the organisation’s rankings and called out Vitor Belfort as recently as November.

Kennedy told the Army Times that the FBI reached out to him on Wednesday regarding a series of threats he had received on social media.

“Apparently a couple of them were legitimate in trying to, from what the FBI said, plan stuff,” Kennedy said. “They said, ‘Are you aware of this stuff?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ They said, ‘We think this is somewhat credible.’”

Despite the bureau’s concerns, Kennedy remains unbowed.

“They can send whoever they want,” he wrote on Wednesday, “as long as they don’t want them back.”

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