Tayla Kennedy Talks About His EFC Debut

By Sibusiso Nkosi
Mar. 06, 2017

Tayla "Bam Bam" Kennedy made his much anticipated Pro MMA debut this weekend at EFC 57 in Carnival City. The athlete faced off against Pope "Shogun" Djembo. Kennedy won his bout with a TKO in the first round.

"It doesn't really feel real," said Kennedy. "I've watched the replay and seen all the support from family and friends but it still feels like it was a dream."

Djembo dominated in the beginning of the fight and dropped Kennedy early in the bout with a left hook. Kennedy said at that moment he made a decision to adapt to Djembo's power and keep pushing. Kennedy also touched on what his strategy was going into the fight. "The strategy was to keep him at range," he explained. He said that the aim was to keep the opponent at bay with lots of jabs and front kicks. "I kept to it as best as I could but in the heat of the moment I pressured more than what we had planned and he punished me for it," said Kennedy.

The fighter form Smackworks said that the EFC stage is big but at the end of the day the action is still the same. "I'm still competing and doing the same thing that I've been doing at other organizations," he elaborated. "I worked a lot with a sports psychologist throughout my camp to ensure that the bright lights wouldn't affect me."

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