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Tim Kennedy's MMA career has been anything but average. He's one of the few UFC fighters who have also served as an active member of the US military at the same time.

Kennedy split his time between fighting as a UFC middleweight, and fighting a very different battle as a Special Forces soldier.

This double-life has seemingly put him in the unenviable position of being at the center of attention of some very dangerous people.

According to Kennedy, the FBI has contacted him regarding "credible threats" being made towards him online.

"Just spoke to the FBI regarding some recent credible threats towards me by #ISIS," Kennedy wrote Wednesday evening on his official Facebook page. "They were not overly thrilled with my response ... ‘Let those cowards come.'"

“Apparently a couple of them were legitimate in trying to, from what the FBI said, plan stuff,” Kennedy told Army Times.

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

Despite this, Kennedy remains undeterred.

"What's the definition of terrorism?" he said. "It's to achieve an objective through the use of force and fear. These are just nasty, evil, disgusting human beings who disrespect human life. I teach people how to live with threats like this. Who would I be to be cowering to a bunch of gutless cowards acting like a bunch of tough guys online?"

Kennedy now serves in the Army National Guard, but was previously a part of the 7th Special Forces Group, deploying multiple times and earning the Bronze Star Medal for valor under fire.

His MMA record stands at 18-5, and he is currently ranked as the #6 middleweight in the world.