Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Luke Rockhold-Tim Boetsch set
By Brett Okamoto ESPN.com
A middleweight bout featuring former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold and Tim Boetsch has been booked to the UFC 166 pay-per-view event in October.
Officials confirmed the bout to ESPN.com on Tuesday. The contest will take place Oct. 19 at Toyota Center in Houston.
Rockhold (10-2) will look to rebound after seeing his nine-fight win streak snapped in his UFC debut against Vitor Belfort earlier this year. Rockhold suffered a first-round knockout in the fight, which was his first appearance in the Octagon.
The California native holds notable wins over Ronaldo Souza and Tim Kennedy. He is ranked the No. 7 middleweight in the world, according to ESPN.com.
Boetsch (16-6) also will want to get back on track after dropping back-to-back losses for the first time in his professional career.
A former light heavyweight, Boetsch ran off four consecutive wins at 185 pounds starting in 2011 but has cooled off since. He suffered a third-round TKO loss to Costas Philippou in December and a decision loss to Mark Munoz earlier this month.
A heavyweight title fight between defending champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos is scheduled to headline UFC 166. Another heavyweight bout between Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson was recently announced as the co-main event.