by Adam Martin
The UFC 166 card just keeps getting better and better every day.
According to ESPN.com, middleweights Tim Boetsch and Luke Rockhold will meet at UFC 166, which takes place Oct. 19 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The Boetsch vs. Rockhold bout will likely be a part of the evening’s main card.
Boetsch (16-6) has lost two-straight fights in a row after he had won four-straight bouts and was close to a title shot. The 32-year-old American never had his stock higher than after he defeated Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard, but he’s lost since then to Costa Philippou and Mark Munoz and is now facing a third-straight loss and possibly being cut if he loses to Rockhold. Boetsch is a very solid fighter and he’s looked better at middleweight, but if he still wants to make a run for the title this fight with Rockhold must be viewed as a must-win and Boetsch has to do everything he can to get his hand raised.
Rockhold (10-2) is the former Strikeforce middleweight champion and he won the title after defeating top-ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza but he fell in his first UFC fight against Vitor Belfort in highlight-reel fashion. The 28-year-old Rockhold has an excellent, well-rounded attack that has seen him be touted as a title contender but the loss to Belfort really dropped his stock. Like Boetsch, if Rockhold wants to make a run for the title he needs to get a win, and that’s why I expect this to be an excellent fight between two men with a lot to prove.
UFC 166 is headlined by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos and the co-main event is a heavyweight bout between Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson.
What are your thoughts?