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UFC fighter and Atascadero native Tim Kennedy says ISIS threatened him, FBI investigating

Former Atascadero resident and UFC fighter Tim Kennedy.
Former Atascadero resident and UFC fighter Tim Kennedy. Facebook.com

Atascadero native and UFC fighter Tim Kennedy said he was interviewed by the FBI this week after allegedly receiving threats by followers of the Islamic State.

Kennedy, who is a former member of the 7th Special Forces Group and a current member of the Texas National Guard, wrote about the interview on his official Facebook page on Wednesday.

“Just spoke with the FBI regarding some recent credible threats towards me by ‪#ISIS‬ They were not overly thrilled with my response... ‘Let those cowards come,’ ” the post reads.

 

Just spoke with the FBI regarding some recent credible threats towards me by #ISIS They were not overly thrilled with my response... "Let those cowards come"

Posted by Tim Kennedy on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Kennedy, 36, told the Army Times that he “gets five to 10 threats a day via his social media accounts” from “military trolls” who target high-profile figures.

“They said, ‘Are you aware of this stuff?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ They said, ‘We think this is somewhat credible,’ ” Kennedy told the Times about his FBI interview. “Then I said, ‘I’m kind of desensitized to this stuff, so maybe you should tell me what my level of alarm should be.’

Kennedy, who was born in San Luis Obispo, last fought in UFC 178 and lost to Yoel Romeroin 2014 and is set to play himself in the upcoming film Range 15.

“They can send whoever they want, as long as they don’t want them back,” Kennedy wrote on Facebook.

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