Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero Meet in Pivotal Middleweight Match-up at UFC 178

July 8, 2014
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Tim-Kennedy-Strikeforce-Ohio-7512-478x270The Ultimate Fighting Championship recently confirmed that UFC 178, which Jon Jones headlines in a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, has been moved from Toronto to Las Vegas. It will still take place on Sept. 27 though.

In addition to the marquee main event, UFC officials on Tuesday announced a pivotal middleweight match-up between Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero.

Kennedy (18-4) has been red hot since his transfer from Strikeforce to the UFC.

He opened his Octagon tenure with a unanimous decision over Roger Gracie, knocked out Rafael Natal, and in his last outing dominated Michael Bisping in a five-round non-title bout.

The fight with Bisping was the headliner on The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale in Quebec City, Quebec, and did a lot to raise Kennedy’s profile.

Romero (8-1), however, has been just as impressive, if not more so, since his own transfer to the Octagon.

Romero stormed into the UFC by reeling off knockout victories over Clifford Starks, Ronny Markes, and Derek Brunson. He didn’t land a knockout blow, but he followed up those wins with a unanimous-decision victory over a surging Brad Tavares in his most recent trip to the Octagon.

Kennedy and Romero are both beating down the door of the middleweight title picture, and whoever wins their fight will be making a tremendous case for consideration.

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  • put me in the sauna coach

    wow…awesome match up.

  • Mark McDowall

    Will be an interesting fight…but not sure “pivotal” is the correct word to use. Don’t really see how this moves Kennedy…he should be fighting someone like Rockhold/Munoz/Belfort so he can move up the rankings. Seem like this fight is a bit of a step back for him…and hugely damaging if he looses.

    • Joey Kostons

      I’m not sure man. Rankings are not telling the story in this case. With Romero you have an absolute wrestling beast. We are not talking Hendricks or Weidman credentials but an absolute monster in the wrestling sport period. And his standup wont be on par with elite level strikers but it looked pretty solid. I think he is a legit dark horse and beat some solid guys.

      I think it’s a great and a legit matchup. Probably not stylistic the fight Kennedy wants but I see how this match makes sense and the winner for sure is about 2 fights away from a titleshot after this one imo. If you win this and follow with up w a victorie over say Rockhold or Moussasi why wouldnt you get a shot?

      And trying to make a case for Munoz being a step up at this point is pretty silly.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Kennedy just beat Bisping, who was ranked #6 at the time, to a guy that isn’t ranked? I actually like Romero, but taking a step back to fight a 37 year old unranked fighter makes zero sense.

    • WhiteyWhiteman

      With the current landscape of the MW division, whom else would of made sense for Kennedy to fight?

      • TheCerealKiller

        Rockhold, Mousasi, Souza…

        • WhiteyWhiteman

          Mousasi is already matched against Souza, it was supposed to happen at 176 but now thats been cancelled. Kennedy has already fought Rockhold before and he is has said he wants to either fight Bisping or Belfort before rematching either Kennedy or Souza. This fight just accommodates everyone wished man.

  • shakejunt

    odd match, but i like it. winner should get a #1 contender fight

    • TheCerealKiller

      Come on, Romero is not in the title picture.

      • shakejunt

        chris is probably fighting vitor, jacare is fighting gegard presumably for next shot. that leaves rockhold and who else? dolloway and romero are the next guys in the pecking order and a win over kennedy puts him in the conversation. it would be 5 in a row and they’re already pushing him pretty hard.

        • TheCerealKiller

          And then he quickly fades away like Carwin.

          • shakejunt

            not sure yoel is injury prone like shane. it’s true though, a win over kennedy puts his name in the hat. mw is a weird division.