The Brazilian "Sapo" looks to make a statement in his first UFC main event, which is scheduled for five rounds. Natal had originally been scheduled to fight Ed Herman at UFC 167; a new opponent for Herman will be named in days to come.
Natal appeared excited about the news, Tweeting "GOD is WONDERFULLLLLLLL AUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU..." minutes after the bout was confirmed.
Kennedy, an Army special forces operative with a unique sense of humor -- he once re-made a Katy Perry video shot-for-shot -- responded with equal enthusiasm. "I love that I'm fighting a guy with beautiful bronze skin," Kennedy said in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. "He looks dashing regardless of what he's wearing. Because of that I hate him."
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