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Tim Kennedy back in the UFC cage in September

Jul. 8, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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Tim Kennedy will battle Yoel 'Soldier of God' Romero in Vegas on Sept. 27. (USA TODAY Sports)
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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.

The fight wasn’t listed on the official UFC event page as of Tuesday, but Kennedy confirmed the bout via Twitter.

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