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

July 8, 2014

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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