Tim Kennedy will battle Yoel 'Soldier of God' Romero in Vegas on Sept. 27. (USA TODAY Sports)
Months after the highest-profile win in Tim Kennedy’s career, the sergeant first class will return to the UFC cage in September to face a lesser-known foe — with a four-fight win streak.
Kennedy, a former active-duty sniper who now serves with the Texas Army National Guard, will face Yoel Romero (8-1, 4-0 UFC) on Sept. 27 on the undercard of UFC 178 in Las Vegas, according to reports on multiple mixed-martial arts websites, including MMAJunkie.com. Romero, reportedly a devout Christian, goes by the nickname “Soldier of God.”
Kennedy (18-4, 3-0 UFC) earned a five-round decision victory over Michael “The Count” Bisping on April 16, his fourth-straight win and third since joining the UFC. He ranks eighth in the USA Today Sports/MMAJunkie middleweight rankings (Romero is 15th) and sixth in the UFC’s official 185-pound rankings (Romero’s 11th).
Romero, 37, is three years older than Kennedy but lacks the soldier’s pro-fight pedigree, with only five pro bouts before joining the UFC. But he’s been impressive since becoming a member of the top pro mixed martial arts circuit, with three of his four wins coming by knockout.
UFC 178 will be headlined by a rematch for the light heavyweight title between champion Jon “Bones” Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, who took Jones the distance in a decision loss at UFC 165 last year.