Casey Kenney

USA

Finds new opponent
BantamweightUFC
July 19, 2020
Kenney is expected to face off against Heili Alateng in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 253 on Sept. 19, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kenney is coming off an impressive victory via submission over Louis Smolka in the first round of the UFC Fight Night on May 30. Kenney is now 3-1 to start his UFC career, and will take on a red-hot Alateng who has won his last four fights. Kenney will own a two-inch height advantage against Alateng in a bout of up-and-coming fighters in the UFC.
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Submits Louis Smolka
BantamweightUFC
May 30, 2020
Kenney defeated Louis Smolka via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:03 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a strong performance for Kenney on the heels of his unanimous decision loss to Merab Dvalishvili in February. Kenney struggled with his takedown defense in that fight but fared much better Saturday in a bout that was primarily contested on the feet. Kenney's stand-up game is inconsistent because he tends to get overly aggressive, but he's athletic and has legitimate mat skills. This was the fifth submission win of his career and first with the UFC. There's nothing in Kenney's background to suggest he's a legitimate contender at 135 pounds, but he makes for nice roster depth in the bantamweight division. Kenney is 3-1 in his past four fights.
Draws Smolka in nine days
BantamweightUFC
May 21, 2020
Kenney will take on Louis Smolka in a bantamweight matchup on May 30 in Las Vegas, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Kenney got off to a 2-0 start to his UFC career, but was steamrolled by Merab Dvalishvili in February, getting taken down an astounding 12 times in the bout. He'll look to bounce back against Smolka, a former flyweight who is 2-1 in his last three bouts. Smolka actually owns a slight height advantage, plus superior striking and offensive wrestling numbers over a much larger sample size.
No match for Dvalishvili in Rio Rancho
BantamweightUFC
February 15, 2020
Kenney lost to Merab Dvalishvili via unanimous decision (27-30, 25-30, 28-29) at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Kenney held off the frantic pace of Dvalishvili early, but was taken down several times in the round and ate some ground-and-pound. He was able to scramble up on each occasion, and despite successfully returning fire on the feet towards the end, the first round likely went to Dvalishvili. Whether it was the altitude or just the constant pressure of Dvalishvili, Kenney wasn't able to offer much else in the ensuing two frames. He was telegraphing his shots and seemed to only be able to land when biting down on the mouthpiece and pushing forward. Dvalishvili ended up recording several more takedowns and finishing the fight on Kenney's back, leaving little question in the eye of the judges who won this fight.
Third UFC fight on tap
BantamweightUFC
December 19, 2019
Kenney (13-1-1) will face Merab Dvalishvili (9-4-0) in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Rio Rancho on Feb. 15, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kenney has been perfect in his first two UFC matchups, most recently defeating Manny Bermudez via unanimous decision at UFC 241 in May. However, the 28-year-old has shown a lack of finishing power throughout his career, as he only has two KO wins on his record. Dvalishvili is coming off a victory over Brad Katona via unanimous decision at UFC Ottawa in May to give him back-to-back wins. Dvalishvili is an above-average grappler and he carries an advantage in striking rate, although Kenney has shown to be slightly more accurate in his striking over his limited sample size. The two fighters are even in height and reach.
Remains perfect in UFC
BantamweightUFC
August 17, 2019
Kenney defeated Manny Bermudez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Full marks to Kenney for taking out the bigger, previously undefeated Bermudez as a (+150) underdog. Kenney was the much more effective of the two men in the first couple rounds before he became noticeably exhausted in the final stages of Round 2. His output and effectiveness waned considerably in the Round 3, but Kenney had already done enough in the first 10 minutes to lock up the decision from the judges. Kenney's lack of finishing power (two career KO wins) is a major concern moving forward, but the 28-year-old Arizona native has shown enough in his first two UFC bouts (2-0) to make him worth keeping an eye on moving forward.