UFC 178: Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero booked for Sept. 27 in Las Vegas

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It's the soldier against the "Soldier of God."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is sorting through its middleweight division in a quest to find potential title contenders, recently booking Strikeforce import Tim Kennedy for a 185-pound showdown against menacing Olympian Yoel Romero.

When and where?

At the recently-reshuffled UFC 178 pay-per-view (PPV) mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place on Sept. 27, 2014, inside a venue to be named in Las Vegas, Nevada. That's according to veteran reporter Adam Hill of Las Vegas Review-Journal, who announced the pairing on Tuesday.

Kennedy (18-4) has been perfect in three fights since making his way over from the Strikeforce promotion in 2013. He was last seen taking a unanimous decision victory from Michael Bisping, in a lackluster affair that headlined The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale last April.

But that same wrestling-based offense is in danger of being nullified here.

That's because Romero won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in (you guessed it) wrestling. In addition, the "Soldier of God" -- who has seven knockouts in eight wins -- is also riding a four-fight winning streak, including a win over Brad Tavares on FOX.

Who ya' got?

UFC 178 will be headlined by a light heavyweight rematch pitting reigning division kingpin Jon Jones against Swedish nemesis Alexander Gustafsson (details), in a fight that is expected to answer the many questions raised at UFC 165 last September.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more UFC 178 fight announcements as they become available.

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