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Luke Rockhold, Not Brad Tavares, Will Face Tim Boetsch Next At UFC 172

Luke Rockhold, Not Brad Tavares, Will Face Tim Boetsch Next At UFC 172

Middleweights Luke Rockhold and Tim Boetsch have agreed to square off in April at UFC 172.

Set for the Baltimore Arena on April 26, the card currently features UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones facing Glover Teixeira, Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson and Jake Ellenberger-Tarec Saffiedine.

Rockhold (11-2) netted his first Octagon win last month, stopping Costa Philippou. The former Strikeforce champion lost to Vitor Belfort last year in Brazil, snapping a nine-fight win streak.

“This is gonna be an awesome fight,” Rockhold wrote on Twitter. “Boetsch has got heart and is as tough as they come! More than happy with my opponent, we will not disappoint.”

Boetsch (17-6) got himself back on track with a split decision victory over C.B. Dollaway in 2013. He had lost previous fights to Philippou and Mark Munoz after winning four in a row.

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