32 year old Kurt 'Batman' Pellegrino, after competing in fight sports since the age of 12, recently announced that at least for the time being he was taking a break from fighting in MMA, and not renewing his UFC contract. He did indicate he might take a professional boxing match.
Tim Kennedy took the occasion to make what some cosntrued to be unkind remarks via his Twitter account:
Kurt Pellegrino is taking a year off from fighting because he got a tiny glimpse of what its like to be a deployed soldier.
He went to add:
I am a huge Kurt FAN have been for years. I'm pointing out the type of sacrifices that our troops make everyday.
Strikeforce fighter Tim Kennedy is one of the only fighters to simultaneously serve full time in the United States Army while competing in MMA professionally. He is a lifelong martial artist, who began his MMA training in 1994, training with the likes of Chuck Liddell and Jake Shields at John Hackleman's The Pit in San Luis Obispo, California.
Kennedy deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom multiple times. Among Kennedy’s multiple awards is the Army’s Bronze Star medal, which was awarded for valor under fire.
Kennedy lost a 5-round decision to Ronaldo Souza for the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship at Strikeforce: Houston on August 21, 2010. In his most recent bout, he submitted Melvin Manhoef in the first round.