Fans weren’t sure what to expect when Howard made his return to the Octagon in August where he faced Uriah Hall on short notice. The former welterweight definitely impressed in the effort, outdueling the heavily-hyped Hall en route to a decision win. He may not be a headliner on paper, but Howard’s willingness to throw bombs and background as a wrestler could make for an interesting challenge for Kennedy and entertaining effort for fans. Howard is also the kind of fighter who isn’t afraid of adversity, so taking a tilt with less than six weeks to prepare is no big deal.
UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy is set to take to the Octagon again in a little over a month when he’ll serve as one half of the headlining duo at UFC Fight Night 31. The card is particularly important to decorated military veteran Kennedy, as the show comes with a Fight for the Troops tag and is unfolding at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Unfortunately, Kennedy’s original opponent – Lyoto Machida – was pulled out of the fight to fill a vacancy created by an injury to Michael Bisping, leaving the Army Ranger without an adversary at the event. That being said, who should the UFC consider as a replacement? (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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