UFC 178 is still over two months away, but it looks like the card may be starting to fill up, as the UFC has announced a new booking, and one that may be slated for co-main event statues. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the UFC has a bout agreement in place for Tim Kennedy to face Yoel Romero on the September 27th card in Las Vegas Nevada. The card is set to be headlined by Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch of last September's excellent title fight.
Kennedy enters this fight on a four bout win streak, punctuated by his recent, dominant victory over Michael Bisping. The former Strikeforce title contender has looked to be in peak form of late, with an improved, powerful striking game and his longstanding, pressure-oriented style of fighting. He's currently sitting at no. 6 in the division and a win over the similarly streaking Yoel Romero could see him vault up toward title contention.
For Romero, Tim Kennedy easily represents the most difficult test of his career, or at least the most difficult one since facing a prime Rafael Cavalcante in his 5th pro fight. Since that loss, Romero has reeled off four straight wins in the UFC, with his best being an utterly dominant wrestling oriented performance over Brad Tavares. Romero is something of a marvel in MMA as one of the few athletes who has already had a long and outstanding athletic career in another sport and is now on his way to a similar level of success in MMA. A win over Tim Kennedy would easily make him one of the ten best middleweights in the world today (ranked no. 11 as he is at the moment) and continue his improbable rise toward the very top of 185.
With what is very likely the top two fights on the books, I expect the rest of this card will fill up quickly. So, stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news, notes, and updates as they happen.