Surrey MMA fighter Jeremy Kennedy signs with the UFC

Jeremy "JBC" Kennedy will make his UFC debut at Rogers Arena on August 27. Photo by Rafferty Baker/CBC.

Jeremy “JBC” Kennedy will make his UFC debut at Rogers Arena on August 27. Photo by Rafferty Baker/CBC.

When Jeremy Kennedy found out the Ultimate Fighting Championship would be holding an event in Vancouver, he started spending a lot more time in the gym.

The mixed martial arts fighter based in Surrey, B.C., had a hunch there might be a spot for him in the show.

“I was hoping to get picked up the whole time,” said Kennedy, 23. “I was training without a fight being booked.”

A few weeks later, he got the offer he’d been hoping for: a contract with the UFC, with a spot on the fight league’s upcoming event at Rogers Arena.

“I got a call from my manager — he said there’s an opportunity [to fight in the UFC],” said Kennedy, who trains at Revolution MMA in Langley.

But there were some conditions to the offer.

“I have to jump up a weight class,” he said. “But if the UFC calls, you don’t second guess. You just jump all over it.”

Read the full story on CBC News

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About Jon Hernandez

Jon Hernandez is a Journalist, Tree Planter, and current student at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from UBC Vancouver, and has worked for such publications as The Region and Sustainability Television. View all posts by Jon Hernandez

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