We often refer to a hard fought back-and-forth battle in the cage as a “war.” To Iraq War veteran Tim Kennedy that’s “cute,” but inaccurate.

“When people refer to a cage fight as ‘war’… I don’t know, I think it’s kinda cute. I wanna like pinch their cheek and be like ‘aww.’… A war, huh? You know what a war is? Um, they evidently don’t. It’s maybe not their place to know what it is, but I do.”

“I’d say the toughest day of my life… We were at a pass in Afghanistan, we were escorting a special forces unit. As we came into the pass, there was an IED/RPG initiated ambush, and from that point on we were in a gun fight for three days. There was a little lull, then we fought for another two or three days. At the point when the RPG’s started slamming into the trucks and watching that Humvee explode and get rocked on top of us, I was pretty sure we weren’t going to make it out of there. With every advantage the Taliban had, it was like I’m not going to see my wife and kids again. That was scary. That was hard, the realization that it’s going to be a long few days…”

Tim Kennedy fights Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight title on August 21 at Strikeforce “Houston.”

Video via Tim Kennedy’s sponsor Ranger Up