Luis Rafael Laurentino had his opponent switched to UFC veteran Jeremy Kennedy on just one day’s notice, and he was able to take full advantage, scoring a head kick KO in just 23 seconds at PFL 2 2019.
Luis Rafael Laurentino has a 33-1 record that jumps off the page, but his level of competition has been less than impressive in his 34-fight career. Of the 33 wins, 19 have come by submission and nine are by knockout. He comes into PFL on a two-fight win streak.
Jeremy Kennedy will be taking on Luis Rafael Laurentino on just one day’s notice after his original opponent, Alexandre Almeida, was unable to make weight and was pulled from the card. The Canadian is 13-1 in his MMA career and will be making his promotional debut at PFL 2 2019. Kennedy went 3-1 in the UFC from 2016-2018 with his lone loss coming to current top contender Alexander Volkanovski. After the Volkanovski loss, “The Bandit” won by knockout twice in Brave CF before signing with PFL.
Jeremy Kennedy landed a right hand as Luis Rafael Laurentino whiffed with a spinning back fist. Kennedy was then nailed by a kick below the belt and the action was stopped. Action resumed and Kennedy went in hard with a right hand. Laurentino snuck in a head kick over the top and Kennedy stumbled onto his back. The Brazilian jumped on for follow-up punches and the fight was stopped.
Luis Rafael Laurentino upset UFC vet Jeremy Kennedy with this nasty headkick
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Kennedy began grappling with the referee, Yves Lavigne, going hard for an armbar, and Lavigne tapped to alert Kennedy that the fight was over.
Luis Rafael Laurentino def. Jeremy Kennedy by KO (Head Kick) in Round 1 (0:23)