UFC 166 is going to be a massively important night for the American Kickboxing Academy, as Luke Rockhold is the latest man from the gym to be added to the card, joining Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez. Rockhold is going to fight Tim Boetsch at the event, which will go down on October 19th at the Toyota Center in Houston. Velasquez is of course set to fight Junior dos Santos for a third time that night, and Cormier will take on Roy Nelson.
The middleweight tilt was reported first by ESPN.com and the former Strikeforce champ also tweeted the news by stating:
It’s gonna be a party an #AKA party that is! Ill be fighting Tim Boetsch at #UFC166 in Houston along side my teammates @cainmma & @dc_mma
Rockhold will be looking to secure his first UFC win, as the 28 year-old was stopped by Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 8 in May, in what was the 29 year-old’s Octagon debut. Rockhold joined the UFC having won nine straight fights, and the run included noteworthy wins over UFC vets Tim Kennedy, “Jacare” Souza and Jesse Taylor.
Boetsch (16-6), meanwhile, is coming off a stoppage loss to Costa Philippou and most recently a unanimous decision defeat to Mark Munoz at UFC 162. Prior to the losses, “The Barbarian” had won four straight fights, which included wins over Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard. A third consecutive loss would be a serious blow to the 32 year-old vet.
That’s an interesting and extremely important fight for both men.
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