Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
It appeared as though Tim Boetsch was oh so close to winning his way into a UFC title shot, but a loss to Costa Philippou last December changed all that.
While an argument could be made that he deserves a fighter more established in the UFC's 185-pound class, the prevailing belief that his wins over Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard are aberrations, not indicators of his performance level, might be enough to drop him just far enough to land a bout with Kennedy.
Both Kennedy and Boetsch like to impose a grinding wrestler attack—Boetsch's supplemented by a varied arsenal of powerful strikes, Kennedy's with a less emphatic standup style utilizing more movement and speed.
Though by no means a title eliminator, this contest would be a meaningful one for the middleweight division.