After a blistering start to his MMA career in 2011 that saw him win his first five bouts over two years, all by way of submission, the last two years have not been as productive for welterweight prospect Drew “Hammer” Kennedy.
Following his lone loss in 2013, Kennedy wasn’t able to compete last year, but not by choice.
“I wasn’t active as far as fights because I had a couple fall through,” Kennedy told MMAWeekly.com. “I had one fall through the day of, the guy didn’t show up, and another one I got hurt.
“I’m hoping to get off to a better start this year.”
Kennedy (5-1) will seek to not only get back on track at the upcoming V3 Fights event on Jan. 24 in Memphis, but he’ll also look to settle the issue of nicknames when he takes on a fellow “Hammer” in Wade Johnson (7-1).
“He’s a tough, game guy with good stand-up and pretty good ground,” said Kennedy of Johnson.
“I noticed he’s not really a fan of one style: sometimes he’ll throw wild punches and sometimes he’ll be more technical. I’ve got to go out and be more technical than him and do whatever I have to – takedowns or submissions – to get the win.”
Not only will the outcome hopefully settle the nickname debate, but Kennedy also feels that whomever wins will get a major boost towards gaining national recognition.
“I think (a win) would be huge for either one of us,” said Kennedy. “We’re kind of like top guys in our area, so this could be big.
“For me not having fought much in the last two years, it’d be big as far as beating a good name, but I think it could take another fight or two before I fight anybody big. I think as long as I stay healthy and active that I should be able to.”